Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston confirmed that Evgeni Malkin skated on Saturday, even though the injured center has yet to return to practice, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Saturday morning.
While Crosby has since returned and played in the team's final preseason game, there had been no changes for Malkin before today's news.
According to some of his teammates, though Malkin has not yet taken part in a team practice he has been skating in recent days. His status for Pittsburgh's season-opening game at home Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks is still unknown.
Several teammates say Malkin has been skating for the past few days, even though he didn't practice today.— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) October 4, 2014
Crosby, on Malkin possibly missing regular-season opener Thursday: “I think there’s a pretty good chance. If we do have him, that’s great.”— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) October 4, 2014
Malkin, selected second overall by the Penguins in 2004, had 72 points in 60 games last season.
Last year, the Penguins went 51-24-7, finishing first in the Metropolitan division. They lost to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.