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Penguins Lineup vs Panthers: Malkin Out; Vitale, Despres In

Evgeni Malkin is officially out of the lineup tonight due to a shoulder injury. I’m getting denials that Malkin is out because of severe sunburn. Joe Vitale will dress in place of Malkin.
On the blueline, Simon Despres is a surprise addition to the lineup as Despres was expected to be a healthy scratch tonight. Deryk Engelland will be coming out of the lineup.
Despres will be paired with Mark Eaton in a third pairing role.
Official scratches for the Penguins are Dustin Jeffrey, Robert Bortuzzo, Deryk Engelland, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and James Neal. Paul Martin is on injured reserve.

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