Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said today that star center Sidney Crosby will not play in the next two games, according to Darren Dreger of TSN. It was reported earlier this week that Crosby had targeted Friday as a potential date for his comeback from a concussion that has kept him out for nearly a year.
Crosby has been out since early January with the injury. According to CBC Sports, Crosby unexpectedly flew to Pittsburgh on Sunday to meet with concussion specialists, sparking talk that his return to game action was imminent. Blysma, however, said that nothing has changed; Crosby continues to practice with the team and is evaluated periodically by doctors.
Crosby, 24, is considered by many to be one of the faces of the NHL. In 41 games last season before injury, he scored 32 goals while tallying 34 assists for 66 points. The year prior, he scored 51 goals and tallied 58 assists for 109 points. In his absence so far this season the Penguins have still managed to stay atop the Eastern Conference standings. They are currently 9-3-3, which puts them two points ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs for first place