Yes folks, Sidney Crosby was skating with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Monday, but will not be dressed to ace the Montreal Canadiens tonight. Crosby said he is no closer to returning to the team, and is not ready for full practices on a regular basis
Even without "Sid the Kid" though, the Penguins have been on a tear of late, going 8-2-0 in their last ten games, and sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
They've had no problems with the Canadiens this season, having won all three prior meetings. The last was on January 20, a 5-4 shootout win in Pittsburgh, that saw Montreal lose the lead three times, including a two goal lead in the third period.
The big factor in the Penguins success has been Evgeni Malkin, who potted the tying goal and shootout winner in their last meeting. Malkin has 29 goals on the season and leads the league in scoring with 61 points.
Tyler Kennedy was sent back to Pittsburgh, to be examined for a lower-body injury.
Pre Game Reading:
MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP
Carey Price - Peter Budaj
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PROJECTED LINEUP
Marc-Andre Fleury - Brent Johnson
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