Just one scoreless game. Otherwise, Evgeni Malkin has put a lot of ink on the scoring sheet and now leads the NHL in points per game (2.0).
Last season, Malkin nearly cracked the 100 point mark for the first time since 2012 with 98 points (42g, 56a). This season, Malkin and Phil Kessel have been torturing coaches and opponents alike.
In just nine games, Malkin has 18 points (5g, 13a). He has six multi-point games including four three-point games. And Malkin is on a seven-game scoring streak.
Malkin trails only a pair of Colorado Avalanche forwards: Mikko Rantanen has 21 points (5g, 16a) and Nathan MacKinnon has 18 points (9g, 9a). However, the Avalanche have played three more games than the Penguins.
Malkin trails only Rantanen in overall assists, too. Importantly, 14 of Malkin’s 18 points, including four goals have been scored at even strength.