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UPDATE: Malkin Out Friday, Penguins Dress 7 Defensemen

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will not have their full complement of centers on Friday night when they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Evgeni Malkin is out. Also, winger Jason Zucker skated with the team for the first time in weeks.

Malkin was a scratch on Tuesday night due to a non-Covid illness.

During the  Friday morning, Malkin took line rushes with Rickard Rakell on the left and Bryan Rust on the right. However, without Malkin, Jeff Carter moved up to the second line with the wingers, Teddy Blueger returned to the third-line center spot, and Brian Boyle will center the fourth line.

Due to a lack of available forwards, the Penguins dressed only 11 forwards.

Defenseman Mark Friedman dressed as the seventh defenseman, though he is unlikely to take shifts as a forward.

Evgeni Malkin has 28 points (13-15-28) in 29 games. He returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup on Jan. 11 after having knee surgery in June.

Also on Friday morning, Penguins Twitter reported that Jason Zucker skated with the team, but in a non-contact jersey. Zucker had core muscle surgery and has missed the last 27 games and 34 of 35.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
1 month ago

The Rangers are set up to take care of the Pens tonight and the playoffs more physical and can score on our defense deadline acquisitions were too little need to make off season rebuilding mode but they won’t

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
1 month ago

Pens will get physically beat again in the playoffs just like last year. Just Look at the stats from last years Islander playoffs and check out the plus minus rating and see who was the worst. When you play physical against them, push them around it throws them off their game and frustrates them and that’s when Malkin takes stupid penalties among others. If they get beat in the first round it’s time to clean house and if they don’t, look for the same next year.Think it will be Time to get out of the We Are Family mode before… Read more »

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