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Malkin out, Jeffrey to center fourth line - 12-11-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

While Evgeni Malkin's wonky knee will keep him sidelined for a fourth consecutive game, Dustin Jeffrey (right) is expected to play in tonight's game at Buffalo.

Dan Bylsma said Jeffrey will play on the fourth line and will likely get some penalty kill time. Jeffrey will center Mike Rupp and Craig Adams while Eric Godard will sit.

Bylsma told the Penguins' Web site, "He'll start the game at the fourth line center position. He will probably see some penalty kill time. We have a group of four right now that are going pretty well, but at times find themselves in the box. If that's the case, Dustin will pick up in one of those spots. Draws will be another area tonight, depending on how he does. That's something he's been doing well in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He may be used in that situation as well."

Notes:

-Malkin is targeting Tuesday's game against the Flyers to come back to the lineup.

-Sabres defenseman and Cranberry native Mike Weber is a big Mike Lange fan.

EN Says: Jeffrey is more than capable of filling the role the Penguins appear to have outlined for him tonight, but considering the second line of Arron Asham, Matt Cooke and Maxime Talbot have contributed little (offensively at least) the past three games, it seem's like Jeffrey's abilities could be of use there.

(Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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