Jordan Staal joined the morning skate Sunday in Ottawa, and the PPG quotes him as saying he won't rule out a return against the Capitals on January 1. As much as we want to see Staal back in the lineup, he shouldn't push it. Every indication thus far has been that the broken bone in his hand is a particularly tricky injury; there have been setbacks and constant questions about the timetable for getting him back in the lineup. Suddenly showing up at Heinz Field on Saturday doesn't sound like a great idea. Staal should wait until he's 100%, then wait another week just in case. No more setbacks.
Pens and Sens tonight, Sid looks to make it 24 straight games with a mustache, and we've got a big week planned leading into the New Year. Stay tuned. LGP.