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Penguins Vs. Maple Leafs: Evgeni Malkin Unavailable

Evgeni Malkin's knee injury will keep him out of Wednesday night's game against the Maple Leafs at 7:00 at Consol Energy Center, the Post-Gazette reports. Otherwise, though, a game between the Penguins, winners of their last ten, and the last-place Maple Leafs looks like a favorable one for the Pens. Sidney Crosby now has at least one point in 16 straight games, Marc-Andre Fleury is playing at the top of his game, and the Pens look very difficult to stop.

The Maple Leafs aren't especially good in any phase - they're 27th in the NHL in goals per game, and 20th in goals allowed per game. Their penalty kill percentage, at 75 percent, is especially woeful, so hopefully the Penguins' power play - not the strongest aspect of their own game so far this season - can get things going. The Maple Leafs have won their last two games, both shootouts, against the Capitals and Bruins, but were losers of four straight before that.

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