Sidney Crosby will not be in the lineup for the Pittsburgh Penguins this upcoming weekend, head coach Dan Bylsma announced after practice on Thursday morning. He'll miss Friday night's game in Pittsburgh against the Dallas Stars, as well as Saturday's game on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Penguins star has been recovering from a concussion for months now and is slowly nearing a return, and the warranted speculation over the last few days surrounded what could have been a Friday night return.
But alas, it will not be. The soonest possible return now is Tuesday evening against the Colorado Avalanche at CONSOL Energy Center, but there's no word on Crosby's status for that game. He continues to progress in his recovery.
The news here, really, is that the team finds the need to update his status game-by-game. If he was still far from returning, there would be no need to say "hey, he's not playing." The simple fact that Bylsma made that announcement goes to show just how close Crosby is to returning to action.