After 10 months and 16 days of waiting, the big day is finally here for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as team captain Sidney Crosby returns to the lineup after suffering a concussion during the 2010-11 season. He last played on January 5, 2011 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Crosby has missed a lot of action, and the Penguins have kept up their outstanding play even in his absence. They are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference and second in the Atlantic Division with a record of 11-6-3 for 25 points.
The Pens will face off against the New York Islanders in their first game this season with Crosby. The Islanders are fifth in the Atlantic with a 5-9-3 record for 13 points and sit in last place in the Eastern Conference. The two teams have already met twice this season, with Pittsburgh winning both of the meetings.
Stay with Bleacher Report as we cover all of the latest information and touch on what other experts are saying as Crosby prepares to take the ice in front of what is sure to be a charged-up crowd at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.