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Debut denied: Sidney Crosby will not play this weekend

Nov 10, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT


Word has come down from Penguins practice that Sidney Crosby will not play this weekend in either of Pittsburgh’s games — Friday at home against Dallas, Saturday in Carolina against the Hurricanes.

Head coach Dan Bylsma addressed the media today and informed everyone that No. 87’s return is still on hold, and that it’s medically up to the doctors to decide when his return should occur. “We are not keeping a secret,” Bylsma said. “He is going to play and we’ll make sure to let you know.”

It’s something of a surprise given many speculated the Nov. 11 affair versus the Stars would be the date of Crosby’s return — although not everyone shared that opinion.

Yesterday, I wrote about a tidbit from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune, who reported “the only thing I’ve heard from people close to this situation is that the least ideal situation is for Crosby to return in a back-to-back games situation.” In light of today’s announcement, sounds as though Rossi’s sources were spot on.

Now the focus turns to Tuesday night, when the Penguins host the Avalanche at the Consol Energy Center.

The game will have big television exposure (to be shown on both Versus and TSN2) with the potential for even bigger offense. The Avs often engage in high-scoring games on the road, including their 7-1 win in Ottawa, 6-5 shootout loss in Montreal, 5-4 shootout win in Chicago and 7-6 overtime loss in Dallas.

If Crosby doesn’t return against Colorado, here are Pittsburgh’s next five games:

Thu, Nov. 17 at Tampa Bay

Sat, Nov. 19 at Florida

Mon, Nov. 21 vs. New York Islanders

Wed, Nov. 23 vs. St. Louis

Fri, Nov. 25 vs. Ottawa

The Penguins also play in Montreal on Sat, Nov. 26 — against Crosby’s boyhood team, the Canadiens.

  1. paulsdamnblog - Nov 10, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    If i were a Pen’s fan the last game I’d want him to come back in would be the Islanders game.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    And PIT fans become more and more worried? I would imagine you are…it’s not looking good.

  3. cmutimmah - Nov 10, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Ice – (Wings fan here) – but why is it not looking good? They want him to be back at 100%. I’m thinking he’s in the realm of 85% now. I’d be shocked if it goes more than another week. He’s had no setbacks from what I’ve heard, so this is just clearing the cobwebs and getting back in game shape. If he’s not in shape, he’ll be in danger on the ice.

    I don’t think anyone is freaking out over this. The Pens are still winning games (unfortunately)… so they have the luxury of time.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      You are right. But it has been almost a year since the hit. Obviously the Pens are doing really good right now without him. They did the same last year and just ran out of gas. All I am saying is that no one knows how each individual will respond to probably the scariest injury outside of paralysis. And with every passing day, you can’t tell me that your concern or worries decrease with time. It’s human nature. I’m not saying that Crosby is done or has not chance of coming back into his own. I just going off of how anyone else would act if it was one of our stars (for you Datsyuk…for me Giroux).

  4. hystoracle - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Could be interesting if his return is next Thursday against Bolts.. seeing as how the last game he played was against the Bolts.

    It will be interesting to see him take that first big hit. Another concussion would be a serious danger to his career.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:32 PM

      And that’s the scary part of concussions: the unknown. You hope, for his sake, that he won’t suffer more after game contact.

  5. powerface - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    I think he is milking it.

    • porkchopexpress1969 - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      He is, because he is the biggest pu$$y around…..

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