PITTSBURGH (AP) -Sidney Crosby plans to accompany the Pittsburgh Penguins on their brief road trip that starts Monday and could play for the first time since March 9.
The Penguins meet the New York Islanders on Monday night and the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday before returning home to face the Islanders again Thursday.
Crosby took part in the Penguins' pregame skate Saturday but did not play during their 7-1 victory over New Jersey that moved them into the Atlantic Division lead.
Crosby was the NHL's leading scorer when he badly sprained his right ankle while sliding hard into the boards Jan. 18 against Tampa Bay. He missed 21 games before coming back against the Lightning on March 4, playing three games until pain returned in his ankle. He sat out Pittsburgh's last five games.
``I feel like I'm better off than I was the first time I came back,'' Crosby said. ``It feels stronger.''
Marian Hossa, the Penguins' newly acquired right wing, will skate on a line with Crosby, but coach Michel Therrien isn't saying who will play on the left side.

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Anaheim searching for early-season traction After commencing the season with four straight wins, Vancouver finally fell last night in shootout fashion. Will Willie...
Thumbnail Wild's top threat tries to snap out of funk Minnesota’s off to a 3-1-1 start despite getting no production from its best offensive player. But will Zach Parise finally light the lamp today?
Thumbnail Price's re-emergence heightens Habs' hopes The Canadiens managed to make it through the first three games of the season without Carey Price. Yet the Atlantic Division stalwarts were undeniably stoked...
Thumbnail Meandering Los Angeles tries to find its way Currently one of three winless squads in the NHL, the Kings are hurting in a big way. And we’re not just talking about the injury to their most important...
Thumbnail Chicago still searching for vintage form Joel Quenneville understood he’d have to get contributions from some unlikely sources in 2016-17. Yet Chicago’s coach surely didn’t count on Richard Panik...
More inNHL Articles  

NHL Team Pages