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Penguins-Blue Jackets Preview (The Associated Press)

A playoff spot is no longer quite secure for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who once again will be without Evgeni Malkin on Saturday. A road trip that starts with a back-to-back against non-playoff foes won’t be easy, especially with the surging Columbus Blue Jackets as the first opponent. The Blue Jackets can establish a franchise record with their ninth straight win as they look to take advantage of Malkin’s absence for the Penguins. Pittsburgh (42-24-11) fell 4-1 at home to Philadelphia on Wednesday.