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Malkin is possibility for Penguins vs. Devils

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011

Center Evgeni Malkin might play Saturday night when the Penguins host the New Jersey Devils. Malkin, who hasn't suited up since Oct. 13 because of lingering issues with his surgically repaired right knee, took part in a lengthy practice Friday at Consol Energy Center.

Coach Dan Bylsma is still referring to Malkin as "day-to-day," but there appears at least a chance that he could suit up Saturday night. While the Penguins were on the road earlier this week, Malkin took part in a couple of informal practices with center Sidney Crosby.

"He had a couple of practices — good, hard practices with Sidney," Bylsma said. "(Yesterday) was his first one back in full practice, so that's a good sign. He's doing pretty well, and we are still seeing about (Saturday night's game)."

> > Crosby again practiced and looked strong in drills, but his return date remains unknown.

> > Right wing James Neal and left wing Steve Sullivan were given "maintenance days" and did not practice. Neal also did not participate in Thursday's morning skate.

> > Bylsma said right wing Tyler Kennedy remains in "rest mode" following a concussion diagnosis earlier this week. He won't play tonight and could miss an extended period of time.

> > One day after playing for the first time this season, defenseman Brooks Orpik and left wing Dustin Jeffrey practiced and appeared healthy.




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