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PITTSBURGH (KDKA)– The Penguins could receive some much needed help back to the lineup as the fight for a playoff spot continues.

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Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan says both center Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang are game-time decisions for the matchup against the Detroit Red Wings at home Thursday.

“Mike Sullivan says Malkin and Letang will both be game-time decisions.”

The duo both skated in full-contact practices at PPG Paints Arena Thursday morning. For Malkin, this is the second full practice in a row. Letang was a limited participant in a non-contact jersey Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, defenseman Brian Dumoulin did not practice and is still considered day-to-day according to Penguins personnel.

“Brian Dumoulin did not skate today. Still day-to-day with a lower-body injury.”

According to coach Sullivan, Dumoulin is making progress in his recovery from a lower-body injury.

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Matt Murray will get the start in net Thursday for the Pens, who take on the Detroit Red Wing at PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 p.m.