Penguins star Crosby to make Devils debut
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Sidney Crosby is back.
The Pittsburgh Penguins star will make his season debut on Saturday night when the Penguins host New Jersey.
Crosby, 34, underwent surgery on his left wrist on September 8 and estimated he would miss “at least” six weeks. Saturday night’s game dates back to just over seven weeks since the proceedings.
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The Penguins will also recover center Jeff Carter, who has been out for more than a week after testing positive for COVID-19. Carter said he was asymptomatic during his 40s and returned to training on Friday.
“I think it goes without saying, they offer us so much on both sides of the puck,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said of Crosby and Carter. “We’re just a much better hockey team when they’re in our lineup. So we’re delighted to have them back in the lineup again. “
Crosby will return to his familiar place as a Pittsburgh frontline center. Carter, who had replaced the front row during Crosby’s absence, will anchor the second row with Evgeni Malkin at least until Thanksgiving while recovering from knee surgery in June.
“It has a ripple effect on our whole team,” said Sullivan. “These two guys are very good players. It’s good that some of these guys are starting to come back to our roster.
The Penguins are off to a 3-2-2 start without Crosby, although the importance of his absence was highlighted this week. Pittsburgh lost back-to-back home games to Tampa Bay and Calgary, scoring just one goal in the process.
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