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Crosby game-time decision to return

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Pens captain Sidney Crosby appears poised to make his return to the lineup after missing the team's first six games this season with a concussion. 

"Game-time decision," Crosby said of his status when asked about returning. "We'll see how things go today. But yesterday was good. We'll see."

Crosby, 29, deferred to the coaching staff on the final say whether or not he plays Tuesday night when Pittsburgh hosts the Florida Panthers at PPG Paints Arena.

"Everything is pointing in the right direction that he feels comfortable, that he's ready to go back into the lineup," head coach Mike Sullivan said. "If that's the case, he'll play."

Crosby, who participated in full-contact practice Monday at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, has been free of concussion-like symptoms for several days, which has allowed him to progress to this point.

"It's been a good chunk of days (symptom-free)," Crosby said. "Ultimately to get to that step yesterday of having contact, you have to go a number of days being symptom-free. That's been the case."

Crosby suffered the concussion on Oct. 7 when he got tangled up with a teammate during practice. He has skated on his own since Oct. 11 and joined his teammates for full-contact practice Monday.

"I want to prepare to play," Crosby said. "You're getting close. Just to get on the ice with the guys yesterday, regardless of anything, that's a good step. That's encouraging. It's fun to get out there. As you get closer you go through that stuff. It gets you excited."

 

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