Evgeni Malkin will be a Game-Time Decision for Game 2

NS-penguins-evgeni-malkinPhoto: Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After sitting out Game 1, Evgeni Malkin will be a game-time decision in Game 2 of the Pittsburgh Penguins second round series against the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon. The Capitals had a golden opportunity in Game 1 up 2-0 against a Penguins team without one of their superstars but failed to close out. 

Malkin left Game 5 of the Penguins first round series agains the Philadelphia Flyers after this collision with Jori Lethera.

Malkin did not play in Game 6 of that series in Philadelphia nor Game 1 of the second round series in Washington but Malkin did travel with the team to both of those games. Malkin also participated in Game 1’s morning skate in a non-contact jersey.

The Penguins held a practice on Saturday afternoon at Capital One Arena, Malkin was wearing a regular yellow practice jersey.

Malkin practiced on the fourth line with Zack Aston-Reese and Tom Kuhnhackl. In addition, Malkin practiced on the Penguins top power play unit.

After the practice Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said, “I thought he looked good. His status is he’ll be a game-time decision.” As far as if Malkin plays, Sullivan was asked if he will play on the fourth line on the fourth line? Sullivan answered, “probably not.”

By Michael Marzzacco

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