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Crosby optimistic he'll be ready to play Wednesday

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Penguins center Sidney Crosby practiced for the second straight day at Mellon Arena Tuesday afternoon. Crosby said that there had no lingering effects from practicing the day before and is optimistic that he will play in Pittsburgh's showdown with the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

"I hope so; that's the way it looks," Crosby said about playing. "Everything is pretty much the same. Hopefully, it stays that way and I'll be good to go. Hopefully, everything stays good and keeps improving. That's all I can really hope for. I just don't want to go backwards."

Forwards Maxime Talbot and Pascal Dupuis will rejoin the lineup against the Rangers. Both have been absent with undisclosed injuries. Talbot missed the Penguins' previous three games while Dupuis was out of the team’s last seven contests.

"It's good news for our club," head coach Michel Therrien said. "We're finally getting healthy. We need to be healthy for the (playoff) push. It's a good start having Talbot and Dupuis back in the lineup."

"Everything feels great right now," Dupuis said. "We'll see (Wednesday) if I'm in (the lineup) but right now I was on a line. So that's a good sign."

Defenseman Rob Scuderi returned to practice after missing Monday's session with an illness. Scuderi said that he is "ready" to play Wednesday.

"That's going to up to him," Therrien said. "We'll see how he feels (Wednesday). He hasn't been on the ice for a long time and missed practice (Monday). Obviously, he looked pretty good today. We'll see his energy level and if he's fine, he'll play."

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