According to Michel Therrien (via the Post-Gazette), Evgeni Malkin took some light contact in game situation drills yesterday in practice. Next up for the rookie is full contact, with the doctor's permission. Therrien is optimistic that we could see Malkin on the ice as early as Wednesday at home against New Jersey.
Therrien has to be a nightmare for the team with his straight-forward injury news. He's also been not entirely correct in the recent past (see Brooks Orpik). Let's hope he's absolutely correct on this one, and we'll see Malkin for the first time on Wednesday.