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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will return to the lineup on Tuesday at home against the Minnesota Wild, the team has announced. The 32-year-old has been out since Nov. 9 with a core muscle injury, he underwent surgery on Nov. 14.
Crosby has played in 17 games this season for the Penguins and scored five goals and added 12 assists. The Penguins posted an 18-6-4 record without Crosby in the lineup.
Crosby was on the top line at Tuesday's morning skate.
The Penguins reassigned forward Joseph Blandisi to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs have rearranged their defensive pairings with Morgan Rielly out of the lineup:
Leafs D without Rielly tonight:
Dermott - Holl
Sandin - Ceci
Liljegren called up, but no plans to play him at the moment. - TSN's Mark Masters.
New Jersey Devils
F Kyle Palmieri and G Mackenzie Blackwood both did not travel with the team to Toronto for Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs, Louis Domingue will make his third straight start in net. - Amanda Stein
Forward Joel Armia took part in his first practice with the team since suffering a left hand injury on Dec. 23 in Winnipeg.
Tatar - Danault - Kovalchuk
Lehkonen - Domi - Suzuki
Poehling - Kotkaniemi - Cousins/(Armia)
Peca - Thompson - Weal/Weise
Chiarot - Weber
Scandella - Petry
Mete - Fleury
Lindgren - TSN's John Lu