The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated captain Sidney Crosby from injured reserve, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Crosby has missed the previous 28 games following core muscle injury repair on Nov. 14. Before leaving the lineup, the eight-time NHL All-Star led the team with 12 assists and 17 points through 17 games.
Crosby, 32, looks to make his comeback against the Wild tonight, whom he has 23 points (7G-16A) in 18 career contests against, including two points (1G-1A) back in Minnesota on Oct. 12 this season.
In the 28 games that Crosby has missed, the Penguins accumulated a 18-6-4 record. During that span, Pittsburgh's 18 wins are tied for second-most in the NHL. Overall, the team's 28-12-5 record (61 points) is fourth-best in the league.
The Penguins return home to PPG Paints Arena tonight at 7:00 PM against the Minnesota Wild for the first "Pittsburgh Theme Night".