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Crosby "Ready to Go" Saturday vs. Columbus

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby was on the ice for the Penguins’ Saturday morning skate and will be in the lineup when Pittsburgh hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets at CONSOL Energy at 7 p.m.

Crosby did not play in the third period of the Penguins’ 5-1 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday night with a sore hip.

“It’s something I’ve been dealing with for a while now,” Crosby said. “Although it would be nice if I didn’t, but I do and I just have to make sure to be careful. The main goal is to be ready for the season, so whatever that means in terms of precautions.”

“It was more precautionary than anything,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “He skated (Friday) for a lengthy practice. He’s ready to go for tonight.”

Crosby rested the hip on Thursday, but was back on the ice Friday for practice and will lace up the skates Saturday against the Blue Jackets.

Crosby, who missed a few games last season with a groin injury, worked over the summer on strengthening his lower body to prevent such injuries from occurring.

“It’s something I focus on every year, but with more time in the offseason I figured that I might be able to tackle it a bit more,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that it’s not going to happen, but I was hoping that the extra work and extra time would help it. I think it’s always going to be something that I have to deal with, but the more I can minimize it the better.”

Even though some injuries may be inevitable no matter how much a player prepares, Crosby believes it is best to do everything within your power to lessen the chance of injuries.

“We play a hard sport and it’s hard on our bodies,” Crosby said. “It’s not any different than any other sport where there are common injuries. But the more you do to prevent it and strengthen everything else hopefully you have a better chance to get yourself healthy.”

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