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Whitney to return for Penguins tonight

Tuesday, 12.23.2008 / 2:05 PM / News

By Sam Kasan - PittsburghPenguins.com

Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney will make his NHL return on Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s good to be back,” he said. “It’s exciting. It’ll be nice to be finally getting into games and not watching anymore. That was getting old.”

“He’s going to make his debut with us,” head coach Michel Therrien said. “We’re excited to have him back in our lineup. I’m sure he’s excited too as well. He’s an important player. He’s a player that moves the puck really well. He does a good job in the transition game. He’s got good vision with the puck.”

The Penguins held an optional morning skate so pairings couldn’t be determined but Therrien confirmed that Whitney will skate in place of Kris Letang.

Letang, who suffered an undisclosed injury in Pittsburgh’s 4-3 overtime victory at Buffalo on Monday, will miss his first game this season and is listed as day-to-day.

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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness