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Crosby won’t play this week, but time ticks down to a return

Oct 31, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

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It’s not going to be too much of a shock that Sidney Crosby announced that he’s not going to play this week against the Sharks or Kings. After all, a couple of snazzy PHT writers already told you that on NBC Sports Talk on Versus.

Looking at the Penguins’ schedule and the progress Crosby has made since being allowed to take bumps in practice, the Penguins will have almost a full week off between their game in Los Angeles on November 6 and their home game against the Dallas Stars on November 11.

Getting such a declarative statement from Crosby about whether or not he’s going to play given that there have been no hints from the team about how close he is plays like a giant signal to us that he is indeed getting very close to playing.

Speculation has been growing that that home game against the Stars is the tentative date which Crosby’s return to action could happen. With further speculation saying that the Penguins would like to have his first game back to be at home, that puts the 11th against Dallas or the 15th against Colorado as the two soonest possibilities.

After 10 months away from the game, we’re all anxious as to when Crosby will be back, but it’s our suspicion that our time for waiting will be at an end in the next two weeks.

  1. bdm122 - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    just think how scary the penguins are going to be when crosby returns. james neal is already on fire, jorden staal is having a solid season so far, matt cooke can score goals and when malkin comes around….look out. the pens are deep this year and when they have all the pieces back plus a minor leauge system any team would kill to have, this is going to be a very big run for the cup in pittsburgh. washington who????

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

      Let’s get crazy: Crosby could disrupt the chemistry of the team. He will take away ice time and opportunities from the other players. Don’t discount that possibility.

  2. steelerchicken - Oct 31, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    He should not play until March! What is the rush? This is a Top 8 team in the east without him. We all know the season does not begin until April

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