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Orpik returning to Capitals lineup

Defenseman missed 40 games with lower-body injury

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Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings (7 p.m. ET; FS-W, CSN-DC, SNE, SNO, SNP, NHL.TV). 

Orpik missed the past 40 games with a lower-body injury. 

"I think you're nervous and excited at the same time," Orpik told the Washington Post on Monday about a potential return. "I think it goes away pretty quickly though. Couple of shifts in, you're just kind of right back into it."

The 35-year-old defenseman has one goal and two assists in 14 games this season, his second with the Capitals after 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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