In recent contests, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin hasn’t been able to register much in the points column, as he has fallen into a minor slump.
He has a respectable 18 points (3G, 15A) on the year, but in the past five games Malkin has only recorded three helpers.
Still, Head Coach Dan Bylsma told Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he’s seen a lot of good things about Malkin’s game that may not necessarily show up on the stat sheet.
And he also went on to acknowledge where Malkin is most effective on the ice:
“On the power play, you picture him shooting from the half-wall. But the shot he took in Buffalo coming off the right wing on his off side, taking a shot in the hashmark area …that’s where I see him being most dangerous 5-on-5.”
If the reigning NHL MVP can rekindle his scoring touch, fans shouldn’t expect anything short of the player Malkin was last year. A season in which he racked up 109 points (50G, 59G) in 75 contests.
The 6’3″, 195-pound Malkin is an universal type player to Bylsma:
“He’s an all-around player, just not a shooter. You see him taking pucks to the net at different angles.”
Malkin is a valuable asset to the Pens; however, at times he can become his own worst enemy.
Tonight the Pens play the Philadelphia Flyers and Malkin’s notorious for getting too emotionally involved when these two squads meet.
If the man they call “Geno” can avoid the sin bins, his goal skid could potentially end after tonight. Should it not, fans still have nothing to worry about, Malkin will inevitably rise sooner or later.
The Pens got the Flyers tonight in the CONSOL Energy Center at 7:30 p.m.