Pittsburgh defenceman Brooks Orpik to make season debut against Montreal

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik will make his season debut on Thursday night against Montreal.

The 31-year-old Orpik is coming off abdominal surgery in July after the injury limited his effectiveness in the team’s first-round playoff loss to Tampa Bay. Orpik had one goal and 12 assists in 63 games last year with a plus-12 ratio.

Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby remains sidelined as he continues to come back from concussion-like symptoms. Crosby has been cleared for contact. He said Thursday morning he feels good but hasn’t really been hit hard in workouts because of the team’s limited practice time.

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The Penguins will also be without centre Evgeni Malkin, who will miss his fourth straight game with knee issues. Tyler Kennedy (concussion) is out indefinitely.