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Malkin will return for the Penguins on Friday, but Letestu will miss 4-6 weeks

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Penguins injured centre Evgeni Malkin will return Friday, when Pittsburgh meets the Buffalo Sabres. But the Penguins, still without centre Sidney Crosby, have lost another centre, Mark Letestu, for 4-6 weeks due to arthroscopic knee surgery.

Malkin has missed the past five games—as well as All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, N.C.—with a knee injury and a sinus infection. He has 15 goals in 42 games this season.

Letestu was injured during the morning skate prior to the Penguins’ 4-3 shootout victory over the Rangers in New York on Tuesday. Coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday that the injury involves his meniscus.

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Bylsma also said that Crosby, who has missed the last 11 games with a concussion, will take a few days away from the team to visit his parents.

The Penguins are 2-0 since returning from the all-star break, and have won four straight overall.