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Pens getting healthier after All-Star break

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The Penguins have been battling through injuries all season. To date, they've lost 197 man-games to injuries and are on pace to hit the 337 mark - which would dwarf last season's total of 280.

On a positive note, it looks like Pittsburgh is starting to field a healthy squad on the ice. Captain Sidney Crosby participated in the Penguins' mid-day practice at Mellon Arena on Monday after staying off skates for the previous five days to allow his knee injury to heal.

"Five days is pretty long," said Crosby, who did not take part in this past weekend's All-Star Game or SuperSkills Challenge in Montreal to rest his knee. "I was a little rusty. I tried to go as hard as I could. If you can't go hard in practice it's pretty tough to go hard in the game."

"That was a smart decision for him not to participate in the challenge and the game," head coach Michel Therrien said. "That was good for him to be there. You need those few days to rest that knee. He looked pretty sharp today for the first day."

Crosby's status for the Penguins' Wednesday matchup with the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m. is still unknown.

"I'll have to see (Tuesday)," Crosby said. "I still feel it a bit. We'll see if it continues to get better or if it goes backwards."

Therrien also noted that forwards Maxime Talbot and Pascal Dupuis will return to the lineup. Both players had been on the injured reserve list with undisclosed injuries. The All-Star break provided the tandem an extra five days to recover and recuperate.

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