Yes, that is Sidney Crosby
in the Pittsburgh Penguins
' starting lineup against the New York Islanders
. It's the comeback that Crosby, the Penguins and the NHL have awaited since January, when Crosby sustained a concussion that ultimately sidelined him for more than 10 months.
This will be only the third game in the last two seasons in which all three of the Penguins' top centers -- Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
and Jordan Staal
-- will play in the same game. Staal missed the first half of last season with a foot injury and broken hand.
But Crosby isn't the only Penguins player to return following an injury layoff. Defenseman Zbynek Michalek
, who hasn't played since Oct. 22 because of a broken finger in his right hand, also returns and will be paired with usual partner Paul Martin
The Penguins' lineup, one they have been waiting to put on the ice since the season began:
- Sidney Crosby
- Pascal Dupuis
- Evgeni Malkin
- James Neal
- Jordan Staal
- Tyler Kennedy
- Richard Park
- Arron Asham
- Zbynek Michalek
- Kris Letang
- Deryk Engelland
is back in goal after Brent Johnson
played during a 3-2 loss at Florida on Saturday night. Fleury is 7-0-1 at Consol Energy Center this season.