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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.

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.

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