Comrie back in lineup after missing Toronto game

? Forward Mike Comrie returned for the

Penguins on Friday night against the

New York Islanders, opening at center on a line with left wing Eric

Tangradi and right wing Evgeni Malkin. He was a healthy scratch

Wednesday night in a home loss to Toronto after failing to register

a shot in a win Monday at New Jersey. “He’s been good defensively,

but puck battles haven’t been very strong for him,” coach Dan

Bylsma said. “In the offensive zone, he has maybe tried some plays

quickly versus holding onto the puck and using his linemates. He

can be better in those areas.”

? Center Jordan Staal (right foot) and right wing Arron Asham

(left shoulder) skated before the

Penguins’ morning practice. They

donned full gear and were on the ice for about 45 minutes with

strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. Staal appeared to

slightly favor the right foot. Neither player engaged in any action

that would closely approximate game conditions.

? Defenseman Brooks Orpik (groin) missed a third consecutive

game. He did not practice in the morning, though he did skate

lightly before teammates took the ice. Orpik has played in only two

games since the midpoint of training camp.

? Right wing Craig Adams was a healthy scratch for the

Penguins, who dressed right wing

Eric Godard for the second consecutive game. Defenseman Zbynek

Michalek (right shoulder) missed a second straight game. The

Islanders were without defenseman James Wisniewski (suspension) and

center John Tavares (concussion), and defenseman Bruno Gervais was

a healthy scratch.

? Defenseman Mark Eaton played against the

Penguins for the first time as an

Islander. He spent the previous four seasons with them before

signing a two-year deal with New York in July. This Islanders club

is not unlike the

Penguins squad he joined in 2006 ?

young and talented forwards, an unproven No. 1 overall pick

goaltender, and without expectations to crack the playoffs in his

first season. “A lot of similarities,” he said. “Hopefully the

process goes the same way.”