We're a little over an hour from puck drop tonight. MIke Russo's pre-game blog focused on Matt Cooke’s long-anticipated return from a seven-game suspension. Cooke will skate on the left side of Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine.
“I’ve been ready to go since I haven’t been able to play, so the time is finally here and I just want to go out and battle with my teammates,” Cooke said. “I’ve got a lot of praise for the guys in this room. They’ve done a great job, battling with adversity, up in games, down in games, tough travel. They’ve done a great job and I’m just thankful that I get a chance to go out and play with them again.”