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Lightning preparing as if Crosby will play

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Will he or won't he?

That's the question that everyone wants to know as the Pittsburgh Penguins prepare to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Will injured captain Sidney Crosby return to the ice for the Penguins?

Considering he still hasn't been cleared for contact, it would seem unlikely that Crosby, who missed 41 games with a concussion, will play. Coach Dan Bylsma has reiterated, countless times, the length of the recovery process, and that Crosby is still some steps away.

But the Lightning are preparing for him, one way or the other. Game 1 is on Wednesday.

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