Head coach Dan Bylsma confirmed that Malkin will play tonight versus Tampa Bay. He passed his ImPACT test and will be in the lineup.

"Evgeni Malkin was cleared for full contact (Sunday), went through the full practice and in the afternoon he took his ImPACT test and passed, and is cleared to play, and will be playing tonight in the game versus Tampa Bay," Bylsma said.

"We followed protocol carefully and took every precaution possible. In this case, Evgeni had memory loss that returned. He felt good for seven full days. He's worked out hard on and off the ice for those seven day, full contact, full go in practice. We're not talking about gut feelings. He's gone through the protocol and the steps. It's been seven full days. As coaches we aren't involved with the protocol. He's seen doctors and went through the regiment and finished all those (Sunday)."