Originally posted on Islanders Hockey Blog  |  Last updated 11/21/11

The hockey world has descended on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for tonight’s Islanders – Penguins. The reason, of course, is the return of superstar Sidney Crosby who’s has not played in a game since January 5.

Both the CBC and NBC/Versus altered their original programming to broadcast tonight’s game.

Islanders’ head coach Jack Capuano announced this afternoon that Nino Niederreiter will sit out tonight’s game along with winger Blake Comeau. In their place will be Kyle Okposo, playing in his first game since November 13, and David Ullstrom, who will make his NHL debut tonight.

Mike Mottau will also sit for the Islanders tonight.

Anders Nilsson will make his first NHL start in net. Nilsson was called up on Saturday after Evgeni Nabokov went down with a groin injury on Thursday. He was 5-2 with 2.86 goals against average with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  Nilsson played in 40 minutes of Saturday night’s 6-0 loss, with Nilsson giving up three of the goals.

The Penguins come into tonight’s game off back-to-back losses the Lightning and Panthers respectively.

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