Morning Skate Report
Following the morning skate, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin looks to now be a possibility to play tonight, despite not skating with any of the top-4 lines during the morning skate.
Malkin will be a coaches decision as Bylsma told reporters that Malkin is a game time decision tonight but Malkin said following the morning skate that he expects to play.
Malkin has been looking to return tonight or tomorrow night against the New York Rangers. He has missed the past four games due to a sore knee.
His skating in Monday’s practice was strong but he still doesn’t seem to be getting full power from his legs during cross-overs.
Chris Kunitz did skate this morning on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. He is also a game time decision.
Dustin Jeffrey remains on the 4th line with Craig Adams and Mike Rupp but his status is unknown if Malkin were to play.
With Philadelphia’s Jody Shelley suspended, Eric Godard is not expected to play.
Deryk Engelland will return to the lineup tonight after being a healthy scratch Saturday night.
Lines in Morning Skate
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Conner – Letestu – Kennedy
Cooke – Talbot – Asham
Rupp – Jeffrey – Adams/Godard
Orpik – Letang
Martin – Michalek
Goligoski – Engelland
Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal. He is 13-0-1 in his last 14 starts.
*Lineup at the forward position undetermined due to Malkin’s status
Brian Boucher will start in goal for Philadelphia.
Players not skating are Mike Comrie and of course Jordan Staal.