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Crosby questionable as Penguins face Rangers

NY Rangers (29-16-4) at Pittsburgh (23-21-4), 7:30 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) — The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to have
their superstar captain back when they return from the All-Star
break.

Sidney Crosby is listed as questionable as the Penguins face the
rival New York Rangers on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old Crosby, who is nursing a knee injury, told the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday that he expects to play. He
did not play in Sunday’s midseason gala despite being voted into
the starting lineup.

It was a similar situation when the last time these clubs met on
January 18. Crosby was questionable for that contest and came
back to help the Penguins post a 3-0 victory.

Despite Crosby and fellow All-Star Evgeni Malkin combining for
36 goals and 150 points, the first half of the season has not
gone as expected for Pittsburgh.

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The Penguins are coming out of the All-Star break looking up at
the playoffs, sitting in 10th place in the Eastern Conference
standings – two points behind the eighth-place Florida Panthers
(22-17-8).

The Rangers are coming off a 3-2 triumph over the Carolina
Hurricanes on Tuesday. Seeking a third straight victory, New
York will likely send All-Star Henrik Lundqvist back to the
crease.

Lundqvist, who surrendered six goals during the second period of
the midseason gala, is 24-13-3 with a 2.53 goals-against average
and .914 save percentage. The 26-year-old Swede has won four of
his last five starts, with the lone loss coming against
Pittsburgh.

Scott Gomez scored a goal and set up another and Markus Naslund
had two assists Tuesday for the Rangers, who have won three of
their four meetings with the Penguins.