Sidney Crosby returns to Penguins’ lineup for Tuesday’s game

Sidney Crosby one step closer to returning to the lineup

Sidney Crosby is back! The Pittsburgh Penguins officially put him in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

Crosby has been skating with the team at practice for more than a week, but not as a full contact participant.

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He hasn’t seen ice time in a game since a core injury took him out on Nov. 9. Last week, he traveled with the team on a West Coast road trip giving fans hope, but was never activated.

“Hard to put into words how big of an addition Crosby is to our lineup,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan.

About a week later, the team announced that Crosby had undergone successful sports hernia surgery but his recovery would take at least six weeks.

In a seemingly related, move, the Penguins announced Tuesday morning forward Joseph Blandisi has been reassigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Blandisi has been called up several different times this season for a total of 21 games at the NHL level.

According to our partners at DK Pittsburgh Sports, Crosby has historically been strong in comeback games.

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