The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated forward Evgeni Malkin off of injured reserve, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.
Malkin, 34, has missed the past 23 games after leaving the March 16 contest against Boston with a lower-body injury. From March 2-15, Malkin had points in eight straight games (4G-8A) which included tallying his 1,100th career point on March 15 versus the Bruins.
At the time of the injury, the Magnitogorsk, Russia native's 24 points (8G-16A) in 29 games ranked third on the Penguins while his 16 assists were the second most.
In the 23 games that Malkin has missed, the Penguins accumulated a 16-5-2 record. During that span, Pittsburgh's 34 points are tied for most in the NHL. Overall, the team's 34-15-3 record (71 points) is tied for fifth-best in the league.
The Penguins are in the midst of their final road trip of the season as they face the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center, tonight at 7:00 p.m.