Sidney Crosby's return is drawing near, which may be very bad news for the rest of the league since the Pittsburgh Penguins have been rolling without him.
Pittsburgh seeks a season-high ninth consecutive victory by ending a three-game home skid to the Boston Bruins on Sunday.
The Penguins initially hoped Crosby could return in time to face Boston, but he approached the contest with caution and decided not to risk coming back too soon.
Crosby, who hasn't played since again experiencing concussion-like symptoms following a Dec. 5 loss to the Bruins, is hopeful of returning for Thursday's road game against the New York Rangers.
Given the increased intensity as teams fight for playoff positioning down the stretch, he isn't about to rush himself back.
"This is something you don't want to mess around with," Crosby said. "You've got to make sure, especially this time of year. It's more physical than ever and you have to make sure everything is well-tested and I have to make sure I've ...