Sidney Crosby is feeling better, but his status remains unknown for Tuesday’s game against the Islanders at Mellon Arena.
The game has a special start time – 7 p.m., which is a half hour earlier than the usual 7:30 p.m. start.
The Penguins star aggressively tested his sore groin at practice Monday at the RMU Island Sports Center.
“I’m not quite 100 percent, but I felt better out there just getting the chance to practice. I didn’t feel too much pain,” he said. “We’ll see how I feel Tuesday. I think I’ll have a better idea then.”
Crosby continued treatment for the injury which kept him off the ice for the team’s last three games.
“I get treatment every day, sometimes twice a day. I am trying to do everything I can to heal as fast as possible,” he said. “When I play, I want to make sure there’s no hesitation, so practice is a good test. It was pretty good today because there was a lot of body contact. When that happens, you’re off-balance and leaning on guys more.”
Crosby is tied for fourth in the NHL in scoring with 30 points (10+20). With only 19 games played so far this season, he is the only player in the top 15 in the scoring race to not have played at least 22 games.