Sidney Crosby out Again: Why the Penguins Are in Trouble Without Him

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Sidney Crosby out Again: Why the Penguins Are in Trouble Without Him
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Here we go again.

Three weeks after making his much-hyped return to the ice, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is once again on the sidelines with concussion symptoms. The problem is speculated to have come from a hit Crosby took against David Krejci of the Boston Bruins in last Monday's game.

Crosby told USA Today that he practiced the day after the game, but didn't feel 100 percent. He decided to sit out Pittsburgh's games against the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders last week, but took the hockey world by surprise when he said today that there is no timetable for his return.

It was something that Crosby, the Penguins organization and Pittsburgh fans did not anticipate happening once the captain was back in uniform.

But now that the issues have reared their ugly head again, the Penguins could be in trouble.

Hold on, you say. The Penguins have won without Crosby before. They're still in a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Everything's fine!

While I have written before about how the Pens have kept up their winning ways without Crosby, I decided to explore the other side of the argument. Here are some reasons this setback could hurt the Penguins.

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