It has been a few weeks since Evgeni Malkin played for the Pittsburgh Penguins thanks to a foot injury but from the look of things, he might return just in time for the real fun to begin.

Malkin took to the ice with the Penguins on Tuesday and from his account, things went really well. So well that when Game 1 comes on Wednesday against the Blue Jackets, Malkin is expecting he'll be ready to go.

That would qualify as exceptional news for the Penguins, now wouldn't it? The Penguins are certainly still very dangerous with Sidney Crosby but with he and Malkin both on the ice things obviously get a lot tougher for the Blue Jackets.