Sep 21, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi (4) handles the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Scuderi Likely Back Sunday; Malkin Still Days Away


Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Rob Scuderi will most likely return to the lineup for Sunday’s game, while forward Evgeni Malkin will not.

Scuderi, 34, had only returned to Pittsburgh for 11 games before breaking his ankle in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 26, and has missed the last 29 contests. According to Sam Kasan of the team’s website, Scuderi said that he feels in good shape and ready to return, but that it’s up to the coaches.

Scuderi has collected one helper, and skated to a plus-5 rating so far this season.

Malkin, who’s close to getting back in the lineup, has yet to be cleared for contact, making it unlikely that he’ll play in Sunday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 27-year-old superstar has been out since he crashed awkwardly into the boards in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 14.

The team has done well without his services (5-1 since his departure), but will obviously benefit extremely when they do get the big guy back on the ice. In 32 games this season, Malkin has compiled 41 points (9G, 32A) and skated to a plus-2 rating.


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