captain Sidney Crosby
is continuing to recover from the concussion that has sidelined him for more than a month, and there remains no timetable for a possible return.
Crosby has missed 13 games, with Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets
set to be No. 14.
"The schedule with Sidney, we thought he would return sometime this week," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma
said following Monday's practice. "There wasn't a definite date or definite day. Right now, I haven't had a lot of contact. He's in contact with our trainer just to let him know how he's feeling and so forth. There really isn't a timeframe, as far as we're concerned at this point, of getting him back into town."
Crosby returned home to Cole Harbour, N.S., last week as he continues to work his way back. He was cleared for light workouts Jan. 28.
In Crosby's absence, however, the Penguins have gone 8-4-1, and with 72 points, they're fourth in the Eastern Conference, just three points behind first-place Philadelphia.
However, the Penguins also lost top forward Evgeni Malkin
, likely for the rest of the season and playoffs, with two torn ligaments in his right knee. With Malkin's absence a near-certainty, Bylsma was adamant in saying Crosby would be given all the time he needs to fully recover.
"That (Crosby's return) really has not been a topic of conversation or a thought," said Bylsma. "Certainly, when the doctor told us he had a mild concussion, we were expecting this not to last this long and it was certainly our concern about making sure his health is full when he comes back to play. But really, we haven't gone down a label of time. We certainly want to make sure we go through the necessary steps, and he gets returned to health and he's symptom-free and then progressing toward what the doctor recommends with exercise and so forth."
Despite missing as much time as he has, Crosby still is second in the League with 32 goals and third with 66 points.