Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/22/13

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins waits to face off against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on November 5, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
There's a chance that Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin could end his six-game absence Friday night. While the Penguins would undoubtedly love to have Malkin back on the ice, they've already shown they can do just fine without him. With or without Malkin, the Penguins will try to match the longest win streak in the NHL this season at 11 games when they visit the New York Islanders. Pittsburgh (23-8-0) has continued to roll despite Malkin's shoulder injury, playing especially well on defense without the reigning league MVP. The Penguins have allowed six goals in their last six games. They extended their run Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Washington. Matt Niskanen's tiebreaking goal in the third period made the Penguins the first team with double-digit win streaks in three consecutive seasons. "The importance is probably greater just because of a shortened season, but I think the good thing for us is that we're playing so many games and I don't think anyone is thinking a who...
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