The Penguins take the ice to practice at the top of the hour and they may have a familiar face with them again
Sidney Crosby's concussion rehab trending in right direction. Won't be surprised if he's cleared to practice today w/o non-contact jersey.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 24, 2016
Too soon to say when or if he'll play this week, but PIT home vs. FLA Tues, home vs. NYI Thurs and @ PHI Sat. Three potential practice days.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 24, 2016
Crosby has been skating regularly since October 11th, only a day after his concussion was formally diagnosed. Coach Mike Sullivan has mentioned that Crosby was close to potentially taking the next step in his progression, but logistics haven't been favorable. The Pens played 3 games in 4 days last week from Monday - Thursday, then traveled Friday to Nashville for Saturday's contest, leaving no opportunities for Crosby to hop back in for a regular practice.
This week, obviously that's different. As Bob mentions a possible return to the game-lineup as soon as Thursday could be possible if Crosby makes it through practices without encountering any further symptoms. So far the only symptom known, per Crosby himself, was having headaches around October 8th after suffering the injury on 10/7. Since he's been skating since a few days after that, one would assume he's had little-to-no noticeable symptoms in quite a while.
Crosby's missed the entire season so far and the Pens are 3-2-1 without their captain.