Sidney Crosby will make his anticipated return to the ice on Monday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Islanders. Crosby has not played since January 5th after being hit hard into the boards by Lightning Defensemen Victor Hedman. Hedman is not considered the player that gave Crosby the concussion however, on January 1st, the Penguins and Capitals were facing off at the Winter Classic. With just under 10 seconds remaining in the 2nd period, Crosby got blind-sided by a streaking David Steckel. Neither Steckel or Hedman were suspended, nor fined for their hits on Crosby. Steckel did not seem as if he deliberately shouldered Crosby in the head and Hedman’s hit was just a good, clean, hard hockey hit.
Crosby was on pace to record his best season ever scoring 32 goals while adding 34 assists in his first 41 games and at that rate, Crosby would have finished the season with a total of 64 goals and 68 assists for 132 points but as we all know, that was not the case.
Dan Bylsma (Head Coach) stated that crosby will be playing on a line with Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz. Bylsma also said that it is very unlikely that Crosby will be on the ice for more than 20 minutes. Nothing big is expected from Crosby on Monday night, everybody is just glad that he’s back and healthy. Will he return to the same player he once was? That’s a story for another day.
You decide: Will Crosby return to the player we all know?
How much average ice time should Crosby play a game his first month back?
How many points can we expect from Crosby this year?
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