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Malkin claims he'll play - 12-14-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Evgeni Malkin didn't mince words when he discussed his plans for tonight's game in Philadelphia. In fact he offered very few words. When asked if was playing tonight, Malkin declined to answer (sort of) and said, "That's why I'm not talking. Because I'm going to play." (PG+).

Dan Bylsma said Malkin (knee) and Chris Kunitz (undisclosed) will be game-time decisions for tonight's contest in Philadelphia.

Both players participated at today's morning skate, though Malkin did not take part in any of the line rushes. The lines:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Maxime Talbot - Arron Asham
Chris Conner - Mark Letestu - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Dustin Jeffrey -Craig Adams/Eric Godard

For the Flyers, Brian Boucher was confirmed as the the team's starting goaltender tonight.

Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger did not skate due to an illness, but is expected to play.

(Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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