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Penguins' Evgeni Malkin probable to play against Flyers

Penguins' Evgeni Malkin probable to play against Flyers
Published On: Mon, Feb 11
December 27, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux (28) controls the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

After missing the five previous games with an upper-body injury, Evgeni Malkin is probable to play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

Malkin was injured on a hit by Tampa Baya€™s Dan Girardi in a Jan. 30 game. The Penguins went 1-3-1 in his absence.

a€œHe just helps in so many areas,a€ Sullivan said. a€œThe power playa€™s just one aspect of it. Hea€™s a dynamic offensive player. Hea€™s a threat most times when he goes over the boards, whether ita€™s five-on-four or even strength. He just makes our team that much harder to play against. I think when hea€™s in our lineup, it creates matchup challenges for our opponents. He helps us in so many ways.a€

Malkin skated with Phil Kessel on his left and Nick Bjugstad on his right during morning skate Monday. Thata€™s a departure for Kessel, who typically plays the right side.

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