Sidney Crosby C PIT 8 Days

Crosby went pointless for the second straight night Wednesday, though he did ring one off the post behind goalie Corey Crawford.

He's registered seven shots on goal the last two games, so he's still active and creating opportunities. Crosby led all Pittsburgh forwards with 23:06 TOI, more than three minutes over his season average (20:04). He enters the All-Star break with 51 points (15G, 36A) in 43 games.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 13 Days

Crosby potted a pair of goals -- including one on the power play -- and added an assist Friday on Long Island.

The two power-play points (he also added an assist on the man advantage) matched his total for the previous 18 games. Crosby now has six points in his last two tilts (2G, 4A) as he enters Sunday's home showdown against the Rangers.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 16 Days

Crosby picked up a hat trick of assists in Tuesday's 7-2 mauling of the Wild.

Sure, his goal-scoring pace is way down, but it's hard to complain, considering that Crosby has largely stayed healthy aside from his bout with the mumps and has accumulated 47 points in 39 games. He's been an assist machine since the turn of the calendar, racking up nine (plus a goal) in five games.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 19 Days

Crosby scored the overtime game-winner Saturday in a 2-1 victory against Montreal.

The goal was Crosby's 12th of the season and fifth since Oct. 28th, a span of 30 contests. He once again seemed snake-bitten prior to his goal and even took a knee to his groin midway through the third period. Crosby's OT winner was his first since Dec. 3, 2013 against the Islanders.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 27 Days

Crosby collected four assists Friday, finishing plus-3 in a 6-3 win over the Lightning.

He failed to convert on a couple golden scoring opportunities, but it's unlikely fantasy owners are complaining with his numbers against Tampa Bay. It's possible that newcomer David Perron might play with Crosby -- instead of Nick Spaling -- something that will likely further strengthen Pittsburgh (and Crosby's fantasy numbers). He now has 11 goals and 42 points in 35 games.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 1 Month

Crosby scored his eleventh goal but the Penguins still fell to the Devils on Monday

Crosby isn't quite having the offensive season he has had in the past but with all of the injuries the Pens have suffered this season that shouldn't be all that surprising. Fantasy owners will hope for a big second half from the game's best player.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 1 Month

Crosby collected an assist and compiled a plus-2 rating Monday night against Florida.

He has yet to play against Tampa Bay -- Pittsburgh's opponent Tuesday -- in 2014-15, but recorded four goals and 10 points in three games against the Lightning last season. Crosby fantasy owners could use a big game from the center, who trails the Flyers' Jakub Voracek in the Art Ross Trophy race, 44 points to 37.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 1 Month

Crosby netted his first post-mumps goal and third in 21 games Saturday against Florida.

He could've had more if not for Roberto Luongo (and an empty-net near miss). Crosby's goal was his first since Nov. 24 and his team-high seven shots represent a season high for the centerman. The Panthers' Dave Bolland slashed Crosby's wrist/hand area, but Crosby said after the game that he was fine. Still, it wouldn't be surprising if the team takes X-rays -- just to make sure.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 1 Month

Crosby returned Thursday following a three-game absence, finishing pointless with three shots on goal in 20:19 TOI.

Pens coach Mike Johnston said after the game that Crosby probably played a couple minutes too many, given his recent quarantined inactivity. The center went 13-9 in the faceoff circle and nearly converted a breakaway courtesy of an Evgeni Malkin flip-pass, but was stopped by goalie Calvin Pickard's glove save. Crosby now has just two goals (and 19 assists) in his last 20 contests.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 1 Month

Crosby (illness) is on the ice for pregame warmups and appears to be back in the lineup Thursday against the Avalanche.

It was expected that Crosby would sit out another game after he just returned to the ice Wednesday following his battle with the mumps, but after coming out of Thursday's morning skate looking healthy and ready to go, it sounds like Mike Johnston signed off on his return to the lineup. Though he skated on a line with Evgeni Malkin during the morning session, he'll be slotted next to Nick Spaling and Patrick Hornqvist for Thursday's game.