The two points recorded against Montreal gave Malkin a total of 19 in 15 December games, catapulting him into Art Ross contention.
Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid remain right in the thick of things, of course, with the former producing at a higher rate than anyone with a points-per-game average of 1.31. The sky is the limit for the young Edmonton center, and there's no telling how high his point total can reach in a full season.
In truth, Crosby and McDavid were expected to go neck and neck down the stretch, but Malkin is a two-time Art Ross winner in his own right and, when healthy, one of the best in the game.
Avoiding the injury bug will be key for Malkin. He has appeared in all 82 games just twice in his career, and missed, on average, 20 games per season since from 2013-14 to 2015-16.
But Malkin's current pace of 1.13 point per game would give him 93 by season's end, which would be the fourth-highest single-season total of his career and good for second place among all players last season.
Malkin's superstar performance should come as no surprise. He's won the Calder, Hart, and the Conn Smythe trophies on top of the two Art Ross trophies, and is a two-time Stanley Cup champion.
Maybe it's because he was drafted after Alex Ovechkin and is on the same team as Crosby, but Malkin always seems to get overlooked in conversations in regards to the game's best.
If he can maintain this pace and beat out Crosby and McDavid this season, there'll be no doubt he should be mentioned among the greatest of all time.
Sidney Crosby remains the best player in hockey for yet another year.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' superstar center finished 2016 with 53 goals and 47 assists for a tidy total of 100 points in 76 regular season games, leading all players in scoring over the course of the past 12 months.
This despite being held without a point in Saturday's overtime win over Montreal.
With just 7.6 seconds remaining in Saturday's game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning, Hurricanes bench boss Bill Peters tapped Jorge Alves to cover the game's final seconds.
It was a different kind of night for Alves, the Hurricanes equipment manager who was called on to handle the backup duties with Eddie Lack out sick. Cam Ward played the first 59 minutes but happily watched on as Alves took the ice.
With the faceoff in the Lightning's zone and Carolina down 3-1, a beaming Alves took the Hurricanes crease, and watched something that seemed impossible only hours earlier.
Alves will have at least one memento to mark the occasion, as Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner presented Alves with the game puck.
Sportnet's Elliotte Friedman shed some light on the situation during the "Headlines" segment of Hockey Night in Canada - and later on Twitter - suggesting a pair of options in terms of treating what's believed to be a herniated disc.
P.K. Subban has not played since Dec. 15 and the word is he has a herniated disc, which the Predators have not confirmed or denied. He skated (Friday), didn't go well. He skated again (Saturday), word is it didn't go well again.
So what we understand is the Predators, their doctors, and P.K. Subban will meet Sunday and decide a course of action.
One choice is to just wait it out and see if he can come back to health that way. The other is potentially surgery and that could knock him out for a long time, which nobody wants to see. So there is obvious concern about his future for this season.
In the meantime, it doesn't seem likely that Subban will be able to suit up for Nasvhville's next game, a date with the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 3.
The Ohio hockey club defeated the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, coming away with a 4-2 victory, and extending their winning streak to 15 consecutive games.
The loss snaps a 12-game win streak for Minnesota and marks their first loss since Nov. 29, a 5-4 defeat to the Vancouver Canucks.
The Blue Jackets haven't dropped a game since a 2-1 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Nov. 26. The team's last regulation loss came on Nov. 23, falling 2-0 to the Calgary Flames.
In all, the Blue Jackets have just five regulation losses on the season, three of which came in the team's first six games.
The 15-game stretch has seen the Blue Jackets outpace their opponents by 61 to 26 goals.
With the victory, the Blue Jackets tied the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins for the second-longest win streaks in NHL history. The Penguins also hold the top seed, a record-long 17 games:
March - April 1993
Nov - Dec 2016
Jan - Feb 1982
Dec 1929 - Jan 1930
Jan - Feb 2010
Facing Minnesota, Columbus' offense got off to an early start, as forward Cam Atkinson opened the scoring 10:05 into the initial frame. Atkinson tallied again in the second period, marking his 17th goal of the season. Only five players league-wide have scored more goals than Atkinson.
Team Canada will not have defenseman Philippe Myers in the lineup when it begins quarterfinal play on Monday.
Myers has been sidelined with a concussion, Canada coach Dominique Ducharme announced following Canada's 3-1 loss to the United States on Saturday. The blue-liner left the game after an interference play by American captain Luke Kunin, who was whistled for a major penalty and a game misconduct.
Myers has been one of Canada's top defensemen in the tournament, registered three points in three games prior to Saturday's affair.
The 19-year-old plays for the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. In 2015, he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers as an undrafted free agent.