Penguins C Malkin nearing return from knee injury

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin could make his season debut when the Penguins face the Anaheim Ducks.

Coach Mike Sullivan says he anticipates the four-time All-Star and 2012 Hart Trophy winner will be a “game-time” decision as Pittsburgh continues its West Coast swing.

The 35-year-old Malkin hasn’t played since undergoing right knee surgery in June. Malkin has been skating with his teammates for several weeks and was cleared to start taking contact recently.