In the Pittsburgh Penguins season opener, Evgeni Malkin scored a goal, assisted on another one, and scored in the shootout, because that’s just what he does.
More specifically, though, that’s what he does against the Washington Capitals.
Via Elias Sports Bureau Inc., Malkin is now up to 12 goals and 35 assists against the Capitals over the course of 33 regular season games. That’s 47 points, or 1.4 points per game, all against just one team since he entered the NHL 10 years ago.
Malkin has 762 career points, so 6% of those have come against just the Caps. And remember, it’s not like Washington has been a bad regular season team all this time; that’s a pretty quality opponent Malkin is scoring against.
So much so that he’s actually second in the NHL for active players who score against the Caps a lot. Only Eric Staal has done it more - and a lot of that is probably because, before realignment three years ago, Staal was in the Capitals’ division.
Malkin wasn’t, until recently - he’s just cashed in every chance he gets.