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Penguins notebook: Malkin only No. 2 star for November

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Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 1:51 p.m.

• Evgeni Malkin's “great” November was not enough to earn the NHL's top star for the month. Malkin, whose 21 assists were the most by any player since Wayne Gretzky hit that mark in January 1996, was the No. 2 star for November, even though he led all players with 25 points. Malkin was twice the No. 1 star for a week in November. The No. 1 star was Chicago's Patrick Kane, who scored four winning goals among his nine markers. Minnesota goalie Josh Harding, who went 8-2-2 with a 1.88 goals-against average, was the No. 3 star.

• Earning an equipment penalty for wearing his jersey tucked has not completely deterred Malkin, who sported that look during the Penguins' morning practice at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday. He received a minor penalty for an equipment infraction Friday. NHL players are prohibited from tucking in their jerseys for the first time this season. Malkin is one of several players to have publicly voiced his displeasure with the rule.

• The Penguins still have not determined if they will loan defenseman Olli Maatta to Finland for the World Junior Championship, general manager Ray Shero said.

• Select tickets for the outdoor game between the Penguins and Blackhawks at Chicago's Soldier Field will be available at 10 a.m. Dec. 11. Fans can purchase through Ticketmaster's website. The Penguins and Blackhawks are playing outdoors at 8 p.m. March 1 as part of the NHL's Stadium Series. Each club will wear special uniforms that emphasize their secondary colors, though those have yet to be officially unveiled.

— Rob Rossi

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