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Crosby back for Pens after missing three games with the mumps

Sidney Crosby

FILE - In this April 12, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby prepares to take a face off in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Pittsburgh. Crosby crushed the competition in scoring, reaching the 100-point mark for the fifth time in his career. If Crosby can keep it up, he might hoist the Cup for the first time since 2009. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)


Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby will return to the lineup tonight when the Pens take on the Avs at Consol, the team has announced:

Tonight’s #Pens lines: Spaling-Crosby (he’s back!)-Hornqvist Malkin-Sutter-Comeau Klinkhammer-Goc-Downie Farnham-Adams-Rust

— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 18, 2014

Crosby’s missed the last three games with the mumps, during which the Pens have gone 2-0-1. No. 87 heads into tonight’s game looking to snap a seven-game goalless drought, though that’s not to say he hasn’t been productive; Crosby has 35 points through 27 games this year and is one back of Philly’s Claude Giroux for the NHL assist lead (27).