-- Finally, some good injury news for the black-and-blue Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins, playing with a badly depleted lineup, will welcome back defenseman Brooks Orpik
tonight when they meet the Montreal Canadiens
at Consol Energy Center. Orpik, the Penguins' most physical defenseman and a proven shutdown specialist, missed all of the preseason and the first eight regular-season games after having abdominal surgery during the offseason.
"It's been a long time waiting, that's for sure," Orpik said.
The rest of the Penguins' lineup, however, remains thinned. Center Evgeni Malkin
will sit out a fourth consecutive game due to right knee soreness, and forward Tyler Kennedy
(concussion) will miss his third in a row. He won't return until he is symptom-free.
Defenseman Brian Strait
, recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) when Kris Letang
drew a two-game suspension for a boarding violation, hyperextended an elbow in Minnesota on Tuesday and is out indefinitely. Letang will serve the second game of his suspension tonight meaning that, even with Orpik in uniform, the Penguins are down to six defensemen.