The Pittsburgh Penguins have just announced that star center Sidney Crosby will return to the lineup this coming Thursday when they host the New York Rangers.
“I feel good and the plan is to play Thursday,” he said following practice on Tuesday. “I got a good practice and I’m looking forward to getting out there Thursday.”
When Crosby made the announcement early Saturday morning that he wouldn’t return to the lineup on Sunday against the Boston Bruins, speculation was quickly made that he would be back for the New York Rangers on Thursday of this week. That was confirmed with this most recent announcement.
The other thing everyone has been having a fun time trying to figure out is where Crosby will fit into the lineup and whether or not the team will break up the top line of Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, and James Neal which has been pretty productive. It appears that Crosby has a different view of returning to the lineup entirely according to PittsburghPenguins.com:
“I’m pretty sure I’ll end up with (Cooke and Kennedy),” Crosby said. “I wouldn’t see coach (Dan Bylsma) putting me with a different pairing after missing this much time. I’m sure he’s trying to get guys used to playing with one another. In any game different line combinations are common, but for the most part that’s who I’ll be with.
Regardless of where he will end up in the lineup, it will be great to see him back on the ice playing with the rest of the team. If the last return is any indication, he won’t miss a beat.