When the Penguins take the ice tomorrow night to face the New Jersey Devils, they may be getting some reinforcements back in the lineup in the form of Sidney Crosby and Jeff Carter.
Head coach Mike Sullivan said Friday that both players were ‘game-time’ decisions.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Mike DeFabo said Friday that Sullivan sounded optimistic about the process.
Sidney Crosby and Big Jeff Carter are both "game-time" decisions tomorrow, per coach Mike Sullivan. Reading between the lines, the coach sounds optimistic.— Mike DeFabo (@MikeDeFabo) October 29, 2021
Crosby has yet to make his season debut for the team this season, sidelined following offseason wrist surgery, slowly progressing from individual workouts to team workouts over the past few weeks.
Jeff Carter tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and while remaining asymptomatic. had to progress through the league’s protocol for handling positive test results for the virus.
Here is how the rest of the team looked at practice:
Both Crosby and Carter are taking part in line rushes. Workflow:— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) October 29, 2021
Lafferty filled in on D alongside Friedman.
If Crosby and Carter both return, it could push both Dominik Simon and Sam Lafferty out of the lineup for tomorrow night’s contest. Drew O’Connor switched to play left wing today, where he had some success in pre-season as a Brian Boyle linemate.
The Penguins will look to get back into the win column Saturday on the heels of Thursday’s 4-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Calgary Flames.
Puck drop for the Pens and Devils is set for 7:00 p.m.