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*Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is good to go for tonight’s game versus the New York Islanders, after resting his sore knee on Wednesday. It will be just the second time this season that Malkin will appear in a 2nd straight game.
Tonight Malkin will center his usual linemates, Steve Sullivan and James Neal on the top line. Sullivan who has been taking some maintenance days off and on of late, participated in today’s skate.
Sullivan is looking for his first goal of the season.
The Penguins expect to dress the same lineup.
Mark Letestu remains out of the picture on the top-4 lines and skated once again with Sidney Crosby and Steve MacIntyre, working as the 5th line in today’s skate.
Coming off his 20th career shutout, Marc Andre Fleury will get the start in goal for Pittsburgh.
The New Islanders will start Evgeni Nabokov again in goal for the second game of the home and home series. The Islanders will be looking for a boost in the lineup defensively with Milan Jurcina making his season debut.

Tonight’s Projected Pens Lineup
Sullivan – Malkin – Neal
Kunitz – Staal – Dupuis
Cooke – Park – Asham
Jeffrey – Vitale – Adams
DEFENSEMEN
Orpik – Engelland
Martin – Letang
Niskanen – Lovejoy
Marc Andre Fleury to start in goal

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