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Crosby Watch: Sid won’t play Thursday, will travel to Florida

Nov 16, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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TSN’s John Lu with the latest on Sidney Crosby: No. 87 won’t be playing in Tampa Bay tomorrow but will accompany the Penguins on their trip to Florida. Pittsburgh will play two games in the Sunshine State — in Tampa on Thursday, in Florida on Saturday — before returning to the Consol Energy Center for a three-game homestand against the Islanders, Blues and Senators.

We’ve spent an inordinate amount of time speculating which game will be Crosby’s debut. Many figured last night’s game against Colorado would’ve been the one (the Avs and Pens managed to put on an exciting show without Sid, mind you) but perhaps further perspective is needed.

Here are some things we know — or think we know — about the situation:

– Pens GM Ray Shero indicated he’d prefer Crosby make his return at home.

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune said the least ideal situation is for Crosby to return in a back-to-back scenario.

– The Pens don’t seem keen on making Crosby’s debut a dramatic narrative. They had opportunities to do that on Friday (home game against Dallas, best team in the West) and last night (home game, nationally televised on Versus and TSN2).

– Pittsburgh’s next back-to-back is Nov. 25 (vs. Ottawa) and Nov. 26 (at Montreal). So it’s unlikely either of those games will be the debut.

– After the three-game homestand, Pittsburgh hits the road:

Sat, Nov. 26 in Montreal
Tues, Nov. 29 in New York (Rangers)
Thurs, Dec. 1 in Washington
Sat, Dec. 3 in Carolina

Before coming back to Consol on Dec. 5 for a Monday night affair against the Bruins.

So there you have it. We hope you’ve enjoyed your daily Sidney Crosby update. Brough should be chiming in with the latest Mike Green news soon.

  1. hegotrope - Nov 16, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    He better retire. Before Pronger or someone else puts him to sleep for good.

    • jfive84 - Nov 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

      Pronger isn’t scary, and Sidney is the face of the NHL so if you’re rooting against his comeback you should really just move to Russia and watch Dynamo Moscow all day instead.

    • tk1966 - Nov 16, 2011 at 3:16 PM

      Wow, that comment was really stupid

      • cmutimmah - Nov 16, 2011 at 4:29 PM

        I’m not sure which one TK is referring to… I could nominate those both as stupid…

        Crosby will be back before Dec 1st. No rush, the team is winning.

      • tk1966 - Nov 16, 2011 at 4:47 PM

        Sorry, the comment by hegotrope

  2. 187onsandusky - Nov 16, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Sounds like someone has a bitter taste from the time Lindros came down with a touch of the Kasparitis.

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