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Evgeni Malkin: Photo Courtesy of Pittsburgh Penguins

Start the clock. The Pittsburgh Penguins are getting closer to a fully healthy lineup than at any point since the first week of the season. It’s been a long time since the Penguins lineup has been together. Before the injuries began to stack up, the team was not yet jelling, but now the new players are fully integrated, the locker room has bought into head coach Mike Sullivan, and we may yet see the Penguins with four lines.

Evgeni Malkin, Brandon Tanev, and Frederick Gaudreau will make the Penguins road trip which begins in Washington tonight. Both were full participants at the Penguins Wednesday practice. Though Malkin had a white non-contact sweater, Sullivan said he was a full-go.

“(Malkin and Gaudreau) will both travel with us. Geno participated full contact today in practice,” Sullivan said. “Freddy Gaudreau the same. Tanev skated with the taxi squad before practice today and is making progress. They’ll all travel with us.”

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Sullivan surprise, Malkin cleared for contact. 

The Penguins’ magic number is four points. Any combination of Penguins points and the New York Rangers losing points reduces the number and makes the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 15th straight playoff appearance official.

How Malkin fits into the Penguins power play and what it means for the lineup is a topic we’ll dive into later this AM on Pittsburgh Hockey Now. Malkin did take some time on the top power-play unit in practice, in place of Jared McCann.

The Penguins Lines at practice did not include Malkin, but they did include Gaudreau. However, if you notice, the new second line seems ready for Malkin.

Penguins Lines:

Guentzel-Crosby-Rust

McCann-Carter-Kapanen

Aston-Reese–Blueger–Zucker

Sceviour-Gaudreau-Rodrigues

PHN+: Jeff Carter has earned a prominent spot, too. We broke it down on film and why Mike Sullivan should be smiling like a butcher’s dog. Carter’s line has been a productive force. 

NHL News & National Hockey Now

Vegas Hockey Now: Marc-Andre Fleury stoned the Colorado Avalanche. The down and dirty Vegas report card.  

Sportsnet: Jonathan Drouin took a personal leave of absence from the Montreal Canadiens. It’s shocking, and we should be concerned for the person. 

Scratch any speculation that Drouin checked himself into the NHL’s substance abuse program. That’s not true, according to the Canadiens. Regarding some dark criticism that hit social media–Athletes are humans, regardless of their salary. I don’t know what else to tell you on that one.

NYI Hockey Now: Potential Pittsburgh Penguins playoff opponent, the New York Islanders, are in a bit of a free fall. They can’t score goals. Barzal and Eberle haven’t scored since April 1. What is Barry Trotz waiting for–It’s time to put Kyle Palmieri on the top line.

Florida: Excitement is building in Florida. It really is. The Panthers punched their ticket to Lord Stanley’s ball. 

It only makes sense the East Division is the last without teams clinching. The Rangers have done a nice job of keeping it interesting down the stretch. In fact, the Rangers could catch the Islanders–those teams meet twice this week.

NY Post: Larry Brooks believes the Rangers will seek a veteran defenseman for next season. And that they need one. 

San Jose Hockey Now: Logan Couture lost his teeth. Again. You gotta see this hockey player’s smile. 

Boston Hockey Now: Tristan Jarry isn’t the only goalie racking up points. Rask has an offensive streak going. 

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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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Katz
Katz
2 months ago

So if Malkin returns snd replaces McCann on the top PP , and it fails or gives up a shorty due to a dumb pass , will this group of reporters call out Sullivan? Yes hypothetical but not unrealistic scenario. Can we get a commitment from our reporter he will ask pointedly if this occurs ?

David Heyl
David Heyl
2 months ago

If Sullivan breaks up the Carter line he is crazy. Same with #1 PP

Katz
Katz
2 months ago
Reply to  David Heyl

Seems the following could occur unfortunately

Subtraction by addition

The math is in Sullivan’s calculator and any accolades or criticism should be directed at him not any player.

Donny
Donny
2 months ago
Reply to  Katz

I’ve already sent a telegram to Hextall and Burke that they should replace Sullivan with the Katz and Heyl combo. Why can’t everyone be as smart as you?

Katz
Katz
2 months ago
Reply to  Donny

Hey Donny if the Capitals lose tonight I’ll be shocked. I’ll guarantee this; If Malkin plays Washington wins. And I’m betting Sprong gets at least one goal. Moving him was a big mistake. I said so at the time and was mocked because I posted his release reminded me of Mike Bossy. If Pgh wins tonight I will not post for one month .

SD Pens Fan
SD Pens Fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Katz

I have never wanted the Penguins to win so bad in my entire life. Seriously not reading your sky is falling posts for one month is almost as good as seeing the Penguins win the Cup.

Katz
Katz
2 months ago
Reply to  SD Pens Fan

Talk to you in a month. BTW I didn’t know Carlson was out but anyway I’m gone for a month.

Donny
Donny
2 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Two wins for the-rice of one!

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