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Crosby Not 100%

from Rob Rossi of Chipped Ice at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

More clear with each day is that we’re not seeing anywhere near the 100-percent Crosby, who has been bothered by a hip injury since the early days of camp.  I’ve never known him to use an injury as an excuse for not playing up to his expectations, and I don’t give him enough credit for that. Also, perhaps my expectations of him and Malkin are too high. He and Malkin will be judged against former scoring champions/MVPs Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr for as long as they play with the Penguins—and neither Crosby nor Malkin may prove the consistent game-takeover players those players were in their primes. (Few were, to be fair.) Still, neither Crosby nor Malkin are in their primes, so I’ll continue to believe each player will one day get near the rarefied levels Penguins fans came to expect from Lemieux and Jagr in the “get on my back, boys” department.

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

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Evilpens's avatar

Nope he isn’t 100 % ! He was pretty invisible last night !

Posted by Evilpens on 10/16/10 at 10:33 AM ET

DigitalGypsy66's avatar

This sounds about right.  Pens fans will have to get used to these nagging injuries to Crosby, because of his size and style of play.

Posted by DigitalGypsy66 on 10/16/10 at 10:38 AM ET

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I expected this with the way he has been playing.  At the same time though, how do you not sit him a couple games?  I’d rather Sid sit and get healthy rather than have a nagging injury the entire year.  I get the feeling if they were still in Mellon he would be sitting…

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 10/16/10 at 12:08 PM ET

Moq's avatar

When you miss most of preseason due to an injury, you’re going to be behind in timing and game speed. If the injury remains, it’s even worse. But with a poor start to the season, and injuries to important players like Staal, Orpik and Michalek, it’s difficult to rest Crosby even if his performance isn’t up to his usual standards due to health issues.

That being said, I do expect better performances from Malkin and Crosby. With or without minor injuries, they have to do a better job of helping the team win. There’s a lot of recent and current AHL players in the lineup right now, which means that the star players have to shoulder an even bigger responsibility.

And I agree with Rossi. Despite an excellent job by Letestu, it’s necessary to put Malkin back at center given our current roster options.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 10/16/10 at 12:44 PM ET

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