Crosby injured his wrist last March and chose not to have surgery, instead opting for rehab. Crosby said he was 100 percent healthy earlier this month.
Crosby has not played in any of the team’s five previous preseason games, sitting out with an undisclosed injury and missing games against the Columbia Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild after his grandmother’s death.
The Penguins have lost to a lower-seeded team in the playoffs in each of the past five seasons, which led to the firing of general manager Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma. They were replaced by general manager Jim Rutherford and head coach Mike Johnston.
Crosby was the NHL’s Most Valuable Player last season after leading the league in points (36 goals, 68 assists). The Penguins begin the regular season on Oct. 9 against the Anaheim Ducks at home.
- Scooby Axson