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Fleury returns as Penguins visit Thrashers

Pittsburgh (16-10-4) at Atlanta (10-16-4), 7:00 pm EST

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- There's no doubt that the Pittsburgh

Penguins have missed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

After over a month-long absence, Fleury will be back in the

crease Thursday when the Penguins square off against the Atlanta

Thrashers.

It was not a good stretch for Pittsburgh, which went 5-6-2 since

Fleury injured his groin on November 15. As a result, the

Penguins have fallen to fourth in the Atlantic Division

standings.

"I'm looking forward to getting back in there," Fleury said.

"It's been a while now. It's always frustrating when you're

out. I wanted to get back as quick as I could."

The 24-year-old Fleury, who helped lead the Penguins to the

Stanley Cup Finals last season, is 8-3-2 with a 2.86

goals-against-average.

The Thrashers turned to their backup netminder to help them end

a three-game losing streak on Tuesday. Ondrej Pavelec made 28

saves as Atlanta cruised to a 4-1 triumph over the Ottawa

Senators.

Colby Armstrong netted a pair of goals 31 seconds apart Tuesday

for the Thrashers, who have posted a 3-9-2 record over their

last 14 games.

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