still with only 3 goals on the year.. and he has James Neal back.
Tonight he was a -3 and was only 25% on the draw..
He has only had James Neal back for what, 3 games? Maybe 4?
Will take a few games to adjust to having him back but most of their plays last year game on the PP but that's been awful this year.
I wouldn't say he is struggling this year either. He hasn't scored that many but he's still been an effective team-member with 15 assists in 20 games. If he can get that goal to break his snake-bitten play right now then he'll be fine.
Personally, I'd like to see Neal-Crosby-Malkin put out more often.
Malkin was smart to re-up in Pittsburgh, because no matter how he performs in relation to his salary he won't be called on it unless Crosby goes down. The irony being, he is a straight up beast without Crosby in the lineup.
I think he still ends up having a great season, he is too good not to, but maybe there is something to this "Olympic year" conspiracy thing.