Evgeni Malkin got a little sweet revenge on Phil Kessel on Friday as a very loose bunch of Pittsburgh Penguins prepared for Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs. But they can use the final two games to get some players back in the lineup and battle-tested. Kessel had tweeted a picture of Malkin’s locker-room stall in New Jersey, making fun of it because it was basically no more than a folding chair for one of the best players in the game. Defenceman Trevor Daley returned Thursday night from a knee injury. Zooming out to capture the season to date, Crosby has a mere 11 goals in 36 games (0.31 goals per game) and Malkin has 17 in 39 for a 0.44 per-game average.Malkin’s goal output certainly is in the ballpark of what he’s done in the NHL, although Crosby’s red-light generation this season is well off his usual pace. 71 and 87, the Penguins are 6-4-2 since the goals dried up for their star centers.Top returning players: D Zdeno Chara (9 G, 28 A, 12); C Patrice Bergeron (32 G, 36 A, 12); LW Brad Marchand (37 G, 24 A, 21). Louis); C Dominic Moore (6 G, 9 A for the Rangers). Top returning players: D Erik Karlsson (16 G, 66 A); RW Bobby Ryan (22 G, 34 A; pictured); RW Mark Stone (23 G, 38 A).Top newcomer: C Derick Brassard (27 G, 31 A, 12 for the Rangers).
Tomorrow night, the City of Pittsburgh will host an Eastern Conference Final Game 7 for the second time in as many years.
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12, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have combined to score two goals each.
That’s well off the career goal-scoring pace for both, as Crosby has netted a goal every 0.49 NHL games, while Malkin is just behind at 0.46.