Pietrangelo returns to lineup after absence due to family issue

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Alex Pietrangelo met with the media Saturday to speak about his absence from the team due to a family issue. Pietrangelo confirmed he is back with the team and that he will play Saturday night against the New York Islanders. The Golden Knights originally announced on Dec. 7 that Pietrangelo would be taking a leave of absence.

You could “feel the emotion in (Pietrangelo’s) voice,” SinBin.vegas tweeted Saturday as Pietrangelo revealed his daughter had been seriously ill while he was away from the team.

“He explained that his four-year-old daughter initially had the flu but then developed a lesion on her brain,” SinBin.vegas wrote in the tweet. “She lost all motor skills and was hooked up to a feeding tube at Sunrise Hospital.”

“Her condition has improved dramatically in the past few days and she’s been up walking around after being bed ridden for 3 weeks. The doctors have told the Pietrangelos that a full recovery is expected.”

Pietrangelo expressed gratitude for the support from the team.

The Golden Knights are coming off a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night in the Windy City, which concluded a two-game road trip that also included a 6-5 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Canada.

Vegas currently sits atop the Pacific division with 45 points, while their division rivals, the Los Angeles Kings, are second with 37. The surprising Seattle Kraken are in the third spot with 35 points.

Tonight’s meeting with the Islanders is the first of the season, and New York will look to snap a three-game losing streak after losing to Arizona, Boston and Carolina. They haven’t tasted victory since Dec. 9 against the New Jersey Devils.

Puck drop is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and Knights fans can watch the game on AT&T-Sportsnet with Dave Goucher, Shane Hnidy, Gary Lawless and Daren Millard.

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