Penguins Broadcaster Mike Lange Will Miss Start of Playoffs

Lange recovering at home, will phone in after first period.

The Pittsburgh Penguins start the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight in Long Island, where they'll take on the Islanders. The team is relatively healthy after an 82-game slog through the regular season, but fans will be missing a Hall of Fame voice calling the game.

Legendary radio broadcaster Mike Lange will miss the start of the playoffs, after an adverse reaction to medication for pneumonia. The good news is Lange is out of the hospital and resting at home. And while Lange won't be in the building when Elvis leaves, he will call into the radio broadcast during the first intermission!

Penguins, Sidney Crosby, honor Lange for 40 years with the franchise in 2015. Image courtesy Penguins website.

"They've encouraged me to rest, but I'm looking forward to getting back in the booth with the 'ol-29er' Phil Bourque as soon as possible," Lange told

Josh Getzoff, who typically calls road regular season games, will step in for Lange tonight. All games air on WXDX-FM (105.9) and the Penguins Radio Network.

Lange is in his 44th season calling Penguins games.

The puck drops on Long Island tonight at 7:30. The Pens will play there again Friday night, before returning to Pittsburgh for Game 3 on Sunday.

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