Sidney Crosby is scheduled to make his preseason debut for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they play the Columbus Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.
Crosby hasn't played since Sept. 29, when he helped Team Canada defeat Team Europe 2-1 in Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 final to win the championship. The forward led all players in scoring with 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and was named MVP.
Crosby did not play Wednesday, when the Penguins lost 5-2 to the Detroit Red Wings. The Pittsburgh captain was with the team Thursday when it visited the White House and was congratulated by President Barack Obama for winning the Stanley Cup last season. Crosby (six goals, 19 points) won the Conn Smythe Trophy.
"As a group and individually as well, you don't want to go into a game not playing the right way and not feeling good about your game," Crosby said Friday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "If we can do that, I think that's really important. You want to win at the end of the day, but you just want to play the right way and make sure everyone's on the same page."