"Kris has been cleared almost for a few weeks now to be back practicing with us with contact," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said. "The doctors had left it up to him when he felt he was ready to play and come back. Kris has been bugging me for a little while here to return to play. I talked to him on the road trip, talked to him again [Tuesday]. He feels real good on and off the ice, so he'll be back playing this evening.
"I'm excited for him because I think the main thing is health-wise he feels good, and everything is trending in the right direction for him short term and long term."