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Evgeni Malkin Back At Practice; Penguins Still Waiting On Sidney Crosby

The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin has returned to practice after missing the last three games with a sinus infection and a left knee injury. However, he will not play on Tuesday against the New York Rangers:

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A sinus infection, not an injured left knee, will keep him from playing, coach Dan Bylsma said.

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"I feel pretty all right," Malkin said. "The knee feel(s) all right, it is 100-percent ready."

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It isn't yet clear whether Malkin will play against the Islanders on Wednesday. Sidney Crosby, who is still dealing with a concussion he suffered several weeks ago, will not play either game, and it doesn't sound like he'll be rejoining the team soon, either:
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"Light rehab is very light exercise, very moderate (stationary) biking activity – and he’s been on the ice, but literally it’s in track pants and up and down the ice, not in a workout-type mode," Bylsma said of Crosby. "That is part of what doctors have prescribed as functional rehab at this point. Progressing to the next level means he has to get better in certain areas, and he’s going through that process right now."
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Getting Malkin back soon will be nice for the Penguins, but Crosby's return is really the one to look out for.

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