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Drive to the Net: Malkin trending upward

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Evgeni Malkin carries the puck vs. the Jets on Friday. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The Penguins are now on an incredible 13-2-1 run and eight-game winning streak following Friday night's 4-0 thrashing of the Jets, one of the Western Conference's best teams.

As the Penguins get their season back on track, so has Evgeni Malkin.

Malkin has had a streaky season. In a 10-game span between Nov. 24 and Dec. 14, Malkin was nearly absent, registering only one goal and four assists. In the 10 games since then, spanning Dec. 15 to Friday night, he's picked up the pace, with three goals and six assists.

It hasn't been a matter of puck luck for Malkin during his slump — he's visibly off of his game, and his stats show it.

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