The New York Islanders had the misfortune of being front and center for Sidney Crosby's first game back, but the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar won't be on the ice for Saturday's rematch on Long Island.
Given the Islanders' dismal recent history against Pittsburgh, Crosby's absence might not matter.
The Penguins look for a fifth straight victory and 19th in 23 meetings against the Islanders in what they hope will be their last game without their star center for a while.
Crosby returned after a 68-game absence Nov. 21 when New York visited Consol Energy Center, and his season debut couldn't have gone much for Pittsburgh (16-9-4). The former Hart Trophy winner had two goals and two assists in the Penguins' 5-0 victory, giving him 31 points in his last 13 games against the Islanders.
Pittsburgh is 10-1-2 in those contests, but won't have him Saturday at Nassau Coliseum. After Crosby collided with teammate Chris Kunitz in Monday's 3-1 loss to Bosto...