Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin
leads the NHL in multiple offensive categories, including points (58) and assists (43), as the Penguins enter tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Mellon Arena.
Malkin also leads the NHL in plus-minus rating (plus-22), even-strength points (36), power-play points (20), road points (30) and home points (28).
The 22-year-old native of Magnitogorsk, Russia is riding a nine-game scoring streak (5-14-19), and has registered an assist in all nine games. Over the past 13 games, his scoring totals are 8-19-27.
Malkin also is on pace to become just the fourth player in NHL history to record 100 assists in a season. The only NHL players to record 100 assists in a season are Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr.
Teammate Sidney Crosby
ranks second in NHL scoring (47 points), second in assists (33), second in power-play points (19) and second in road points (26). Crosby leads the NHL in power-play assists (17).
Crosby, who scored the winning goal in overtime Monday night at Buffalo, has 8-17-25 scoring totals over the past 15 games.