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Staying power - 10-29-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Think about this for a moment. The last time the Penguins had a lineup in a game of consequence that didn't include Evgeni Malkin, John Leclair, one of the final mistakes of the Craig Patrick regime, was still a member of the club.

That's how long Evgeni Malkin's consecutive streak was (or still is technically). The last 254 regular season games the Penguins have played have seen Evgeni Malkin take the ice. He hasn't missed a game since sitting out the first four contests of the 2006-07 season due to a shoulder injury.

And when you compare Malkin's streak to the other active streaks on the roster, his ability to stay in the lineup (as well as Jordan Staal's) despite the threat of injuries, illnesses, suspension, trades, etc. has been nothing short of remarkable:

Player Consecutive
Games
Evgeni Malkin 254
Jordan Staal 232
Pascal Dupuis 46
Brooks Orpik 45
Matt Cooke 43
Chris Kunitz 42
Ruslan Fedotenko 38
Kris Letang 33
Sidney Crosby 29
Bill Guerin 29
Craig Adams 12
Mark Eaton 12
Alex Goligoski 12
Jay McKee 12
Mike Rupp 12
Martin Skoula 3
Marc-Andre Fleury 2
Eric Godard 2
Chris Bourque 1
Chris Conner 0
Sergei Gonchar 0
Brent Johnson 0
Tyler Kennedy 0
Maxime Talbot 0

(Photo: Abelimages/Getty Images)

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