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Crosby, Galchenyuk status updates for Thursday's opener

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Penguins

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will be in the lineup for his team when they host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night in the season opener at PPG Paints Arena. 

"'Sid' is good to go," head coach Mike Sullivan said. 

Crosby absorbed a shot with his foot last Saturday in the team's preseason finale against Buffalo. He left the game in the first period and did not return. Crosby practiced with the team on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, Wednesday marked the return of forward Alex Galchenyuk to practice. He's been out of the lineup since the second game of the preseason after suffering a lower-body injury. 

Galchenyuk will likely be a game-time decision, but his return to practice is a positive sign. 

"It feels good," he said following practice. "I spent some time skating on my own, testing it out. But you can never compare to being out there with the guys."

Galchenyuk, who was acquired in the off-season from Arizona, was only able to play in one exhibition game, and that was on Sept. 19. It's been two weeks since he's played, and the injury has been a setback to his timing, execution and ability to gain chemistry with teammates. But he isn't making any excuses. 

"Injuries are part of what we do, and it happens," Galchenyuk said. "It's how you come back and respond from it. Me and the training staff, we put in a lot of work to be where we're at right now." 

On the bright side, the injury wasn't long-term and Galchenyuk expects to rebound quickly. 

"It's not like I missed months or anything," he said. "It won't take long."

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