Jeffrey steps in successfully at wing
Dustin Jeffrey has always appeared more comfortable playing center, but his ability to have long term success with the Penguins could depend on him thriving at wing.
When healthy, the trio of centers Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal simply won't be cracked.
On Saturday, in his first game playing at wing this season, Jeffrey produced.
With the Penguins down two in the first period, Jeffrey skated down the right wing and whipped a wrist shot past Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
It was Jeffrey's third goal of the season.
"I've played on and off for a while," Jeffrey said. "Because of the situation we have here, with centers here, you have to be versatile. I've practiced it the last couple of days. I felt comfortable."
Center Evgeni Malkin played in his 400th career game yesterday. He now has 485 career points, which gives him an average of 1.212 points per game for his career.
That mark ranks 13th in NHL history, slightly behind Phil Esposito (1.24) and just ahead of Guy LeFleur (1.202). The only active NHL players with a higher points per game average are Sidney Crosby (1.39), Alex Ovechkin (1.249) and Jaromir Jagr (1.241).
Center Sidney Crosby and right wing Arron Asham skated at Consol Energy Center before the Penguins faced Winnipeg.
Crosby has been skating almost daily for the past four weeks, but his timetable for a return remains unknown.
Coach Dan Bylsma would not commit to a starting goalie for today's game against Tampa Bay. ... Defenseman Kris Letang scored two goals for only the third time in his career. The other two-goal games for Letang both came during the 2008-09 season. ... Center Richard Park's goal in the third period marked the 100th of his career.
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