PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby most likely will have a new right wing when the Pittsburgh Penguins play the Buffalo Sabres on Monday at Consol Energy Center (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2).
After missing five games with a lower-body injury, forward Brian Gibbons was activated off injured reserve Saturday and skated alongside Crosby and Chris Kunitz during Pittsburgh's Monday morning skate. Gibbons has two goals, four assists in 13 games with the Penguins.
Before his injury Gibbons was one of several players to see time at right wing on Pittsburgh's top line after Pascal Dupuis sustained a season-ending ACL injury.
"We were playing pretty well together when we left off there a couple of weeks ago," Gibbons said. "Hopefully we pick up where we left off."
Crosby said Gibbons' speed differentiates him from other options available to the Penguins.
"He creates a lot with that and his forecheck to help generate chances," Crosby said. "That's all he has to do, is focus on moving his feet and helping us create some chances."
Gibbons will replace Chuck Kobasew, who probably will be a healthy scratch against the Sabres.
Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said forward Drew Stafford will not play Monday after sustaining an upper-body injury against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. But forward Ville Leino, who also sustained an upper-body injury in the same game, will be in the lineup and could play on the top line.
"[Leino could play on the first line] because of his maturity and his expectations," Nolan said. "You expect a little more from him than a guy like Linus [Omark]."
Here are the expected lineups for the Penguins and Sabres:
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Brian Gibbons
Jussi Jokinen - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Tanner Glass - Brandon Sutter - Jayson Megna
Taylor Pyatt - Craig Adams - Deryk Engelland
Rob Scuderi - Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik - Paul Martin
Olli Maatta - Matt Niskanen
Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett
Injured: Beau Bennett (wrist/hand), Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (ACL), Joe Vitale (upper body), Tomas Vokoun (pelvis)
Matt Moulson - Tyler Ennis - Ville Leino
Steve Ott - Cody Hodgson - Zemgus Girgensons
Marcus Foligno - Brian Flynn - Philip Varone
Linus Omark - Zenon Konopka - Matt Ellis
Henrik Tallinder - Tyler Myers
Christian Ehrhoff - Chad Ruhwedel
Jamie McBain - Mike Weber
Scratched: John Scott, Alexander Sulzer
Injured: Cody McCormick (finger), Drew Stafford (upper body), Matt D'Agostini (upper body)