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Sidney Crosby Status: Penguins Star Will Return To Lineup Thursday

Sidney Crosby will make yet another return from concussion on Thursday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit their division rival New York Rangers. The team announced the news Tuesday morning. It'll be the second time this season the NHL's golden boy has returned to action following concussion problems, and the hope is that it'll be his last triumphant return to action.

After failing to play for 10 months due to his injury, Crosby played his first game of 2011-12 back on Nov. 21 against the New York Islanders. He scored four points in the process, but after a hit in a game vs. Boston on Dec. 5, Crosby was pulled from the lineup yet again. He's been making a slow recovery since and hopefully won't suffer another setback this time around.

With Crosby back in the lineup, the Penguins have to be considered the favorites in the Eastern Conference. They've been red-hot of late as winners of nine straight games, and inserting the best player in the world back into the lineup should do nothing to hurt that. It's perfect timing, too, as the Rangers sit just four points up on Pittsburgh for the top spot in both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.

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