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Not ready yet? Crosby on ‘fifth’ line at morning skate

May 1, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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While many expected Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby (broken jaw) to be ready for the first game of the playoffs, that may not be the case based on the Penguins’ morning skate ahead of tonight’s series-opener versus the Islanders.

Crosby was on the ice, but was skating on the “fifth” line between wingers Dustin Jeffrey and Tyler Kennedy.

It may be that Crosby is a game-time decision. Or, it could be his doctors have yet to give him the OK.

  1. steelpenbucs87 - May 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    There’s something to be said for keeping the opponents in the dark, but my guess is he doesn’t play.

    Get him healthy and don’t rush him back. Beyond the jaw he also looks skinny based on what I’ve seen in interviews and from pictures on the ice. He needs to get his weight back up to be the real Sid.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      In a interview yesterday he said his weight is back to what he normally was at before the injury.

  2. President Charles Logan - May 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    they dont need him to beat the islanders anyways ….

    • jpelle82 - May 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      i’m not too worried either way. pens went 10-3 without him if you include the game he got hurt in the 1st period. thats good enough to win a couple series’ and some of those wins were against better teams than the islanders – ott, nyr, bos, mtl. they shut out the islanders the game he got hurt too.

      • jpelle82 - May 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        sorry it was 9-4 not 10-3 forgot about the 1st loss to buffalo the next game after he was hurt.

    • bcisleman - May 1, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      We’ll see.

      • President Charles Logan - May 1, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        be realistic , cmon now lol

  3. garryjercia - May 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Or, as usual, the penguins are playing the bs game

  4. erbaker67 - May 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Want to say he wont be playing tonight. Biggest indication is not being on the PowerPlay Units during practice. Not saying we dont need him but if he does not have clearance, dont step on the ice.

  5. 950003cups - May 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Don’t discount the Islanders. They’re good. They’re not gonna just roll over surrender. Without Crosby, it’s gonna be interesting.

    • koontang11 - May 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      no it wont

  6. flavadave10 - May 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    If this was Ovechkin, everyone would be talking about how lazy and soft he is.

    • rgotoguy - May 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      That’s because Ovechkin is lazy, someone ought to translate the meaning of the term “back-check” into Russian for him.

      • flavadave10 - May 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        If being the leading goal scorer in the NHL is “lazy”, I’ll proudly take being “lazy” every day of the week. But to me, lazy is sitting on your butt and not playing. Which is what Crosby’s doing.

      • jpelle82 - May 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        ask steven stamkos about being the goal leader in the regular season and how that translates to playoffs. or you could just ask ovechkin, he knows all about it too. gotta play defense in the playoffs, 8 doesnt know how. when’s the last time the regular season goal leader’s team won the stanley cup? you can call crosby lazy for being hurt if that makes you feel good, but at least he is responsible in both zones when he plays…stanley cup to prove it. enjoy that se division banner and rocket richard dave

      • flavadave10 - May 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        Right because he was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO defensively responsible last year when the Penguins lost to the Flyers in the first round. Keep defending him.

      • jpelle82 - May 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        you want to point to one series in a career and say he isnt responsible defensively? none of the pens played d that series. 87 has more assists in the playoffs than ovechkin has games played. 8 hasnt even sniffed the conference finals much less a stanley cup final. 87 doesnt have the stigma following him that ovechkin does for an entire career of not playing defense, nice try though. ovechkin has 30 goals in the playoffs – no cups. which would you rather have, a nice goals per game average or a little defense and a stanley cup?

  7. Stiller43 - May 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Its official, he’s out for gm 1.

  8. pitpenguinsrulez - May 1, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Boooo!! If we lose Game 1, which I hope NOT, I bet any money Crosby returns for Game 2

  9. malkinrulez - May 1, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Pens better come with their A game. Anyone who doesn’t think the Islanders can’t win this series haven’t watched the Isles this year. Pens play the right way, get the puck deep , get on isles d, get to the net the Pens will win .

  10. jpelle82 - May 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    more importantly (since most of us expected this with sid) it looks like 48 is out for game 1? bennett will be in? thank you dan.

  11. bcisleman - May 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Jack Hillen sustained the identical injury on an Ovi slapshot several years ago. Took him 6 weeks to come back. That would take Sid to about May 12. He probably won’t see first round action unless the series goes to 6 or 7 games.

    With or without Sid, this series will depend on goaltending. If we see the Flower of 4-5 years ago, the Pens could make this a short series. If we see the Flower of the past three years, the Pens could be in some serious trouble…especially if Nabby stands on his head.

    • jpelle82 - May 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      keep holding onto that big “if”. i would hate it if my only hopes of my team winning was hinged on the other guys playing their worst hockey.

  12. capsrockva - May 1, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Let’s go Isles

  13. capsrockva - May 1, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    As much as I don’t like him or the Pens, GM Shero should keep him out until he’s 100% healthy

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