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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Penguins Injury Update: Malkin participates in light skate, questionable for season opener

By on 10/04/2014 09:23:00 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin skated for the first time on Saturday, as reported by Sam Kasan on the team's official website. Malkin has missed all of training camp so far with an undisclosed injury. He also did pre-practice work with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar.

Head coach Mike Johnston hopes that Malkin can work with a skills coach, who worked with the team's skilled forwards this morning, and expects him to skate again on Sunday.

“We’ll take it day-by-day and see how he progresses,” Johnston said. “At the beginning of training camp we weren’t sure how long he’d be out. It did progress longer than we thought. It’s exciting to get him working out. The steps are in motion. That’s very positive.”

When asked if Malkin will be ready for the start of the season, “we’re moving in that direction,” Johnston said. “We’ll see how everything progresses and when he can get with the team.”

Malkin, one of the most dynamic players in the league, is a big part of the Penguins offense. The 28-year-old appeared in 60 games last season. He got 23 goals and 49 assists.

The Penguins open the season on October 9 when they host the Anaheim Ducks.

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