Penguins HC: No set target date for Evgeni Malkin's return
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Penguins HC Mike Sullivan: No set target date for Evgeni Malkin's return after knee surgery

The Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping they turned a corner via three consecutive victories that improved them to 8-6-4 overall ahead of Wednesday's home game versus the 6-11-2 Vancouver Canucks. The team has endured multiple frustrating setbacks, including a worrisome COVID-19 outbreak, over the first month-and-a-half of the season.

Some outside observers may have forgotten that Pittsburgh star goal-scorer Evgeni Malkin hasn't yet played during the 2021-22 campaign after he underwent knee surgery on June 4 to repair an issue he picked up last season. It was said in September Malkin would miss at least two months of action while recovering, and head coach Mike Sullivan offered an update on that situation when speaking with reporters Wednesday morning.

The news shouldn't alarm Pittsburgh fans, as it was always believed Malkin wouldn't make his season debut before December. Per Shelly Anderson of Pittsburgh Hockey Now, Sullivan suggested last week the three-time Stanley Cup champion remained on track to return to the lineup by or around mid-December. 

Pittsburgh currently sits fifth in the eight-team Metropolitan Division standings. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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