Crosby out vs. Avalanche

by Adam Kimelman / NHL.com
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said the team will make an announcement before Sidney Crosby plays again, but there was no such message coming Monday.

Crosby, the Penguins' captain who hasn't played since suffering a concussion in January, will not play Tuesday when Pittsburgh hosts the Colorado Avalanche.

"We stated we will let (the media) know when he is playing," Bylsma said. "It's not going to be a secret. I'm not telling anything else other than there is no change in his status."

Crosby has been a constant fixture at Penguins practices since training camp and has been cleared for contact in practices, but has yet to receive final medical clearance to play in a game.

"In terms of on-ice stuff, there isn't something we are looking for," Bylsma said. "The doctors will be looking at the next level. I'm not educated on or know what that is."
 
The Penguins' next game after Tuesday is Thursday in Tampa Bay. If Crosby returns for that game, it would be against the same team he played his last game. Crosby was hit hard into the end boards by Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman on Jan. 5, and the next day was diagnosed with a concussion.
 
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