The Pittsburgh Penguins announced center Sidney Crosby would return to the lineup for Game 2 of the team's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders.
It will be Crosby's first game since sustaining a broken jaw during a game March 30. During the team's morning skate Friday, Crosby took line rushes in his usual spot, centering a line with Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. He also worked on the team's top power-play unit.
Crosby who has been out since March 30th, is not quite ready to make his return from a broken jaw. This is a tough break for the Penguins but they have more than enough talent to win without Sid. Evgeni Malkin will be leaned on heavily to get the Pens off on the right foot in game 1.
Crosby did not practice on a regular line this morning. He was on the 'fifth' line which would suggest that he won't play tomorrow. However he is Sidney Crosby and he wants to play hockey. Monitor his status tomorrow.
Sidney Crosby takes the ice for practice at Southpointe #Pens
Crosby took line rushes on the Penguins "fifth" line which would suggest that he won't play tomorrow. He did practice on the #1 power-play unit. I think he will be back for game 1 of the playoffs. If not he should be back at some point in the first round.
Penguins announce Crosby out indefinitely after undergoing surgery for a broken jaw.
This could keep Crosby out for the remainder of the regular season. With them virtually locked into a playoff spot there would be no reason for them to rush their captain back. A timetable for his return has not yet been released.
Crosby's dental work is extensive, sources say "teeth are a mess".
Crosby was hit in the mouth with a slapshot this afternoon and did not return. He was brought to the hospital during the game. It sounds like he will just need dental work and no other injury was sustained. There should be more information on his injury tomorrow or Monday.