Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/19/11
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The absence of Sidney Crosby would appear to take a bit of the luster away from a matchup of anticipated Stanley Cup contenders. The Pittsburgh Penguins, though, still have Evgeni Malkin, who has done his best to fill the scoring void left by his superstar teammate. Malkin will try to continue his red-hot play Tuesday night when the streaking Chicago Blackhawks visit the Consol Energy Center for the first time. Crosby has missed five consecutive games as he continues to deal with a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms, and his timetable for returning is unknown. After sitting out nearly 11 months following his original injury, the center had 12 points in eight games before complaining of headaches last week. The team has 10 players injured heading into this week, most notably Jordan Staal (lower body) and Kris Letang (concussion). With his team short-handed, Malkin has taken control with six goals and six assists over the past five contests, although the Penguins (18-11-4) wen...
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