Yes, Evgeni Malkin is back

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As speculated earlier, Evgeni Malkin will play for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, the team confirms. He must want to get warmed up for Jarome Iginla, huh?

The Penguins have managed to continue their winning streak without him, going 9-0-0 with the 26-year-old star on the mend since March 9. They’ve had to adjust their style, impressively allowing just nine goals in those nine games to extend their winning streak to a season-high 13 games.

Don’t blame Malkin if the team starts to leak goals upon his return, though.

There could be some growing pains with Kris Letang back on the IR, Marc-Andre Fleury injured and new pieces like Douglas Murray and Brenden Morrow (plus eventually Iginla) to integrate into the lineup.