Sidney Crosby’s Possible Return for Postseason Obscuring Evgeni Malkin’s Absence

April 11th, 2011 by James Conley Leave a reply »
Sidney Crosby is the talk of the playoffs.

He's practicing daily, slowly regaining the speed and intensity necessary to make a return. Videos of his stick handling sessions are daily headlines. By all accounts, he looks game ready.

But he's recovering from a concussion. The Penguins' top scorer is only a few weeks removed from skating for the first time in months. No one knows how he will react to his first contact practice, and any form of regression represents a worst-case scenario for the team and for the league.

Still, the possibility of his return sometime this spring has kept him in the news. With their captain, the Penguins are Cup favorites in the East. Without him, few in the business give the team an outside shot at advancing past the second round.

Pittsburgh's championship prospects seem to rest squarely on the possible return of Crosby.

So what about Evgeni Malkin?

Since the lockout, Pittsburgh has relied on the scoring of its two premier centers, and Crosby is only one half of that equation. The presiding notion remains that the team cannot go the distance without each center playing at the top of ...

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