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.