The Penguins, mired at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with only one win in their past 10 games, will get a potential spark Wednesday when star center Sidney Crosby returns to the ice against the Stars.
Sidney Crosby has confirmed that he will play tonight vs. Dallas. pic.twitter.com/ByEemAkoMd
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 21, 2018
Crosby has missed three games with an upper-body injury suffered Nov. 14 in a loss to the Devils. The Penguins were 0-2-1 without him.
“I feel good,” he said after the team’s morning skate (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). “I’m glad and excited to get back in the lineup.”
The seven-time All-Star and two-time league MVP has eight goals and 19 points in 16 games, but Pittsburgh has only 18 points, tied with the Devils for the worst in the conference entering Wednesday’s play.
However, Wednesday’s 7 p.m. ET home game will mark the first time in nearly a month that the Pens will have their top three centers available.
Evgeni Malkin will play Wednesday despite taking a stick to the head in Monday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Sabres and sitting out practice a day later, the Post-Gazette reported. Derick Brassard returned to the lineup over the weekend after sitting out nine games with a lower-body injury.