Evgeni Malkin didn’t practice Saturday because of a non-COVID illness. It’s a game-time decision whether he plays Sunday in the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ 5 p.m. ET start against the Detroit Red Wings.
Malkin didn’t play Friday when the Penguins lost 5-1 to the Rangers. They only had 11 forwards in that game. Defenseman Mark Friedman dressed for the game but played limited minutes. They recalled Kasper Bjorkqvist on an emergency basis from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
Meanwhile, the Red Wings are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. They have lost nine of their last 11, although they did pick up a couple of extra points for pushing the Minnesota Wild and Lightning beyond regulation.
The Red Wings lost the matinee game against Tampa Bay on special teams. The Lightning scored two power-play goals, including the winner in overtime. Detroit went 0-for-5 on the power play. Detroit is 1-for-10 on the power play in the past five games.
“I don’t want to take away from their kill but I would say we had opportunities to attack better off the flank,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “And if you attack off the flank, you’re drawing their D up. The way they kill, they kind of stand with two guys in the middle and they sweep down and then their D come up. When you attack that D, now you make them nervous. He’s got to get into a shot block position. Then you get opportunities to drop it low or to shot tip and get pucks around the cage. I didn’t think we attacked well enough there.”
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Grand Rapids Griffins
The Griffins beat the Bakersfield Condors 4-3 in overtime on Riley Barber’s goal. Jonatan Berggren was pointless in the game, but he had six shots on goal. Defenseman Donovan Sebrango was +1. Defenseman Wyatt Newpower played his first game since being injured Feb. 19.
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