Malkin had missed the past 23 games with the injury, one of multiple injured Penguins skaters during that time, but the team has been one of the hottest clubs during that time. Since Malkin was injured on March 16, the Penguins have a .739 points percentage which is tied with the Carolina Hurricanes for second-best league-wide.
The 34-year-old has eight goals and 24 points in 29 games this season. The Penguins have four games remaining in the regular season.
In other Penguins injury news, head coach Mike Sullivan announced that defenceman Mike Matheson is week to week with a face injury after being struck with a puck on Saturday. Sullivan also announced that forward Brandon Tanev practiced with contact for the first time Monday and is nearing a return from an upper-body injury.