Evgeni Malkin can't keep track of all his wingers the past two seasons.

The number is closing in on double digits if as coach Dan Bylsma said is likely Chuck Kobasew replaces Beau Bennett to Malkin's right when the Penguins play the Oilers at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday night.

Bennett is day-to-day with a lower body injury that limited him to two shifts in the third period at Tampa Bay on Saturday.

“We (are) always changing lines” Malkin said.

Actually it only seems that way.

Since winning his second scoring title and first MVP two years ago Malkin has played with left wingers that fit into three categories:

• Ineffective: Zach Boychuk and Eric Tangradi.

• Out of place: Jarome Iginla and Tanner Glass.

• Promising: Bennett and Jussi Jokinen.

Malkin who has scored only 10 goals in the last 36 regular-season games said Monday it is not their job to make his life easier.

He is the superstar to whom the Penguins committed $76 million in July. He is the only current NHL player to have won an MVP in the regular and postseason.

However even as Malkin conceded his production should remain at a consistently elite level no matter his wingers he could fairly look upon Penguins captain Sidney Crosby with envious eyes.

Crosby the NHL leader as of Monday with nine points has spent the healthy portions of his last three seasons playing with Chris Kunitz to his left and Pascal Dupuis to his right. Those three forwards have comprised the most productive line in hockey when Crosby has not missed games because of concussion symptoms or a broken jaw.

“We've seen with them how good they are because they (have) played a long time” Malkin said. “When you have three guys (together) a long time… I think we need that.”

The “we” to whom Malkin referred is Jokinen and right winger James Neal who is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.

Bennett had replaced Neal and now Kobasew — a tryout-contract invitee to training camp — is slotted to fill in for Bennett.

“I'm not going to change the way I play” Kobasew said. “You try to hunt pucks and get (him) the puck let (him) do his magic.

“Communication is huge.”