Pittsburgh Hockey: Should Sidney Crosby Return to the Ice?

Christopher CaiazzoCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2008

Sidney Crosby, who missed 28 of the past 31 games due to a high right ankle sprain, says his ankle is feeling better and might return to the Penguins' lineup Thursday for a game against the New York Islanders at Mellon Arena but is this the right decision by head coach Michel Therrien? 

Michel Therrien needs to make a smart decision, and that smart decision is sitting Crosby for the remaining six games of the season. With the playoffs around the corner, the Penguins are playing well without Crosby so why would you risk further injury.

The Penguins are 14-8-4 without the super talented Crosby, thanks to Evgeni Malkin's step-up play with 21 goals and 29 assist.

With six games left against the Devils, Islanders, Rangers, and Flyers, (two against the Rangers and Flyers) the Penguins are sitting pretty at the second spot in the eastern conference and are going to need Sidney Crosby healthy for the playoffs.

Michel Therrian knows that these teams (Rangers, Flyers, Devils, Islanders) are in need of every point that they can get and they're going to show it with there tough play and big hits.

So why would they even think about bringing Crosby back?

Do they want Crosby to take a big hit and sit out for another six weeks when the games really count? I highly doubt it. There is no reason to rush the captain back into the lineup. Let Crosby continue practicing with the team and make sure he takes it easy.

The Penguins have Marian Hossa and Evheni Malkin to take care of business for the remaining six games left in the regular season. There is no need to take any chances on Crosbys' ankle.

 

Note: The Penguins 43-26-7 with 93 points, can move four points ahead of the Devils in the Atlantic Division with a regulation win tonight.