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Crosby not only Penguin back from injury, Zbynek Michalek returns as well

Nov 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

Zbynek Michalek , Dominic Moore Getty Images

Who knew the Penguins were going to be going fully healthy tonight? While Sidney Crosby is the biggest name returning to action, defenseman Zbynek Michalek is also making his triumphant return to action tonight as well.

Michalek has been out of action since the end of October with a broken finger. Clearly, the healing powers of Crosby got him back to health a bit sooner than expected so he can join the rest of the team in giving the Islanders a rude welcome to town. With Michalek rejoining his mates on the blue line, expect that Alexandre Picard takes a seat in the press box.

The Penguins having Michalek back should help strengthen what’s been a battered and beleaguered defensive corps. While we’ve seen other guys get over being hurt (Brooks Orpik), getting hurt (Ben Lovejoy, Michalek), others are having a tough time on the ice (Paul Martin). We’ll see how they can all put it together tonight against an Islanders team that’s having a tough time getting goals.

  1. cincycbjfan - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    OMG… ENOUGH with the Sid the Kid stories!

    I counted 8 stories on the PHT homepage dedicated to the return of Crosby… evidently nothing else in the NHL world matters! Trust me, there is more in the NHL than Sid the Kid!!!

    And, before the flame wars start… yes, I know my team sucks, but I’m still watching! Kinda like being a fan of the Detroit Lions for all those years, or how about the DeadWings era…

    • abrienza428 - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:28 PM

      Calm down

    • tk1966 - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:31 PM

      Don’t get your panties in a bunch. If you are tired of the Crosby stories, here’s a simple solution; Don’t read them.

  2. cshearing - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Crosby is the top player in the league. He has been out since January. What the hell do you expect? This game is bigger nationally than any the Islanders will play all year. Bigger than any the Blue Jackets will play too.

  3. killerpgh - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    You can alway read about the Blue Jackets “goalie” taking a puck off his mask.

  4. jpelle82 - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    lets not take away from the headline here…getting #4 back will prove to have more of an immediate impact than #87. crosby will be limited in minutes…michalek is probably the most underrated guy on the pens and it wouldnt surprise me to see 22-24 minutes from him right away

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