Malkin To Play In Game 1, Hagelin Has ‘Real Chance’ To Return During Series

By: Casey Shea

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins got a big boost ahead of their first round playoff matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It’s no secret that the Penguins have dealt with their fair share in injuries this season, but one of their superstars will be ready to go for Game 1 Wednesday night at PPG Paints Arena.

Evgeni Malkin skated on a line with Bryan Rust and Phil Kessel during today’s practice. After, he said he would be in the lineup on Wednesday.

Malkin hasn’t played since March 15. In 62 games this season, Malkin recorded 72 points (33 goals, 39 assists).

But, there was even more good new on the injury front today.

Head coach Mike Sullivan said there’s a good chance Carl Hagelin gets back into the lineup at some point during the series.

Hagelin has been out since March 10 and has 22 points (6 goals, 16 assists) in 61 games this year.

Getting him back would allow the Penguins to reunite the “HBK Line” which was a dominant force during last year’s playoffs.

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One Comment

  1. I don’t know how realistic reuniting HBK will be. Frankly, unless Sullivan needs a spark late in a game we are losing, I don’t expect them to be re-united. But, having Hagelin back, who is a demon in the playoffs, will be a nice spark to have in the back pocket as this series progresses.

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