PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN/AP) — Sidney Crosby is feeling good these days. Still, the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar isn’t sure when he’ll return to the ice.
Coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday afternoon Crosby will not play Friday or Saturday and that his status remains uncertain. Crosby hasn’t played since being diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms in early January.
“Although we’ve given no timetable or date, I will confirm that Sidney is not playing in the next 2 games,” Bylsma said, according to the Penguins official website. “He had a good week of practice and is progressing, but he won’t be playing this weekend. We’re not keeping a secret. When he plays we’ll make sure we let you know.
The Penguins superstar forward has practiced with the team since the start of training camp two months ago and was cleared for contact last month.
There has been speculation a six-day layoff between last Saturday’s shootout win in Los Angeles and Friday’s home game against Dallas would provide a window for the 2007 NHL MVP to be cleared to play.
“From a coach’s standpoint, we’re not looking for an indicator on the ice that says Sidney can play,” Bylsma said. “From a medical standpoint – in terms of doctors, clearance, the next steps, progression – that’s all from the doctor’s directive. That’s not something I know a lot about.”
Crosby did not speak to the media after Thursday’s practice. His next possible return date is Tuesday against Colorado.
Other Penguins news:
- Winger Tyler Kennedy was upgraded to a game-time decision Thursday, Bylsma said after practice.