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Staal Expected To Return Saturday

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Penguins center Jordan Staal will be back in action after suffering a knee injury last month.

Staal collided with former teammate and New York Ranger Mike Rupp on January 6 and he has been out of commission since.

Head coach Dan Bylsma says Staal won’t play a full 20 minutes, but will see significant time on the ice on Saturday when the Pens take on the Winnipeg Jets at the CONSOL Energy Center.

Staal was on pace to post career highs in goals and points. His 15 goals still rank him third on the team even though he’s missed the last 15 games.

The Penguins hope Staal can breathe some life into an offense that isn’t getting much production outside of Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby skated for about an hour before practice as he continues his comeback from concussion-like symptoms. There remains no timetable for his return.

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