PITTSBURGH -- Tyler Kennedy will slide into Sidney Crosby's spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins' top line for the game Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Kennedy skated during practice Tuesday morning at center, between Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. However, coach Dan Bylsma said he could insert Dustin Jeffrey on that line if there's an important faceoff; Kennedy is not an experienced center and has taken 16 faceoffs this season.
Crosby sustained a broken jaw during a game Sunday against the New York Islanders and will be out indefinitely. Bylsma said Crosby was released from the hospital Monday morning.
For the Sabres, Luke Adam will make his NHL season debut Thursday; leading scorer Thomas Vanek will miss a fourth straight game.
Vanek skated Tuesday morning with the team, but said he's not recovered enough from an upper-body injury sustained March 26 to play.
Adam was recalled Monday from Rochester of the American Hockey League, and interim coach Ron Rolston said he'll play on the wing; he spent most of his time with the Sabres last season at center.
Also expected to play for the Sabres on Tuesday is defenseman Adam Pardy, who was recalled from Rochester on Tuesday morning but didn't arrive in time for the morning skate. He'll replace Robyn Regehr, who was traded to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.
Here is what the lineups could look like when the Penguins and Sabres face off Thursday at Consol Energy Center:
Steve Ott - Cody Hodgson - Jason Pominville
Marcus Foligno - Tyler Ennis - Drew Stafford
Luke Adam - Kevin Porter - Brian Flynn
Nathan Gerbe - Jochen Hecht - Patrick Kaleta
Christian Ehrhoff - Tyler Myers
Mike Weber - Andrej Sekera
Adam Pardy - Mark Pysyk
Scratched: John Scott
Injured: Ville Leino (upper body), Thomas Vanek (upper body)
Chris Kunitz - Tyler Kennedy - Pascal Dupuis
James Neal - Evgeni Malkin - Jarome Iginla
Brenden Morrow - Brandon Sutter - Matt Cooke
Tanner Glass - Dustin Jeffrey - Craig Adams
Brooks Orpik - Mark Eaton
Douglas Murray - Matt Niskanen
Deryk Engelland - Simon Despres
Injured: Sidney Crosby (jaw), Kris Letang (lower body)
Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Joe Vitale