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Evgeni Malkin’s Slump

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune,

Evgeni Malkin has one goal, three assists and a minus-9 rating in his past nine games. He has scored one even-strength goal in his last 20 games. He was a minus-4 in Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“Geno tends to be a streaky guy, and sometimes all it takes is one goal and then he’s off to building momentum again,” coach Mike Sullivan said optimistically. “I think part of it is just simplifying his whole overall game. If he does that, he’s going to be fine.”

What does Sullivan mean when he says Malkin needs to simplify his game?

“Slowing his skating down and supporting the breakout. Stopping on pucks. When he has an opportunity to shoot the puck, shoot the puck. Don’t look for the next play,” Sullivan said. “We think he’ll come out of it.”

Malkin’s longtime teammates came to his defense after morning skate as well.

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WingedRider's avatar

Geno is very tempermental and gets down about everything.  One Big reason why the Pens are struggling. His stas over the last 9 games are a bit of a shock.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 12/14/18 at 01:27 PM ET

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