Practice update Malkin’s return draws near, DeSmith to COVID list

The good news is it looks like Evgeni Malkin will be making his season debut tomorrow night against the Ducks. Interestingly, with having the top four centers on the team all healthy at the same time (Sidney Crosby, Malkin, Jeff Carter, Teddy Blueger), the team is using Carter on the wing, for one of the first times since he was acquired. This is in part due to the absence of two top-six wingers, since Rust and Jason Zucker are out.