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Sidney Crosby starting for the Penguins in Game 7 vs. Rangers

Pittsburgh captain was forced to leave Game 5 early due to concussion-like symptoms. He’ll be back in the lineup after missing Game 6.

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2022 in New York City. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Update — Crosby is starting for the Penguins in Game 7 vs. the Rangers.

Update — Crosby is out there for warmups prior to Game 7 vs. the Rangers, which will start around 7 p.m. ET. That’s a good sign. It looks like the Penguins will have their captain back on the ice after he missed Game 6. Not only is Crosby on the ice for warmups, but wing Rickard Rakell is also out there skating in pregame. Crosby and Rakell could both return to the lineup along with goaltender Tristan Jarry.

Update — Crosby is being considered a game-time decision for Game 7 vs. the Rangers on Sunday night, per Frank Seravalli. He also notes in his report that Crosby was never diagnosed with a concussion. This basically means Crosby missed Game 6 with concussion-like symptoms. If that’s the case, Crosby wouldn’t need to clear any concussion protocol before playing and his chances seem more optimistic.

Pittsburgh Penguins C Sidney Crosby practiced on Saturday ahead of Game 7 vs. the New York Rangers on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden. Crosby was forced to leave Game 5 in the second period after receiving a hit to the head from Rangers D Jacob Trouba. Crosby went to the locker room and did not return. It was later revealed Crosby suffered a concussion and he was ruled out for Game 6 on Friday night. The Rangers won 4-3 to force Game 7 on Sunday.

Crosby’s status for Game 7 is up in the air. There’s likely a slim chance he’s able to return this quickly from a concussion knowing his history. Still, the fact Crosby was back at practice already is encouraging. If he can clear concussion protocols, Crosby could be back on the ice for Game 7. Goalie Tristan Jarry was also at practice on Saturday and has a chance to return in Game 7.

The Penguins are +130 on the moneyline on DraftKings Sportsbook for Game 7 on Sunday night. Pittsburgh has had opportunities to end the series after going up 3-1 but has had poor luck. Crosby went down in Game 5 and the Rangers scored four goals to win after trailing. In Game 6, the Penguins were up 2-0 and blew that lead thanks to shotty goaltending by Louis Domingue. If Jarry can return, it’s unclear if he’d make a huge impact coming in cold in a huge spot. Crosby’s return would be more impactful.