But let's face facts, the absence of Sidney Crosby in a hockey game, even this early in his NHL career, looks to never be normal, the Pens simply cannot compensate for the loss of his world-class talent, as hard as they may try.
So the question as to whether Sid will dress at today's 2PM start on the Island is the primary focus in the hours leading up to the game.
The tone during yesterday's practice did not sound too optimistic, I'm sorry to say. I sure hope that I'm wrong on that, but they made statements like this;
- "It's a possibility, but if he's not 100 percent he's not going to play," Therrien said. "It's one of those injuries you have to be really careful with."
- He skated for about 20 minutes before his teammates practiced and reported that his groin felt "better than [Wednesday]," but Crosby acknowledged that "it's still not where it needs to be."
So, I wouldn't be surprised to see Geno back out there centering the first line today, which obviously isn't as good as if Sid were back, but Geno ain't chopped liver, ya know. Let's not forget, Geno is still a pup in this league, he's still getting his feet wet as to the nuances that the North American game brings. But you can tell, he's not far away from being quite a dominant force in the league. He pretty much took over the Boston game in the third period and overtime.
We shall also see how the Quiji Board known as NHL Center Ice determines what TV feed they're showing today. These guys' selection process is more of a mystery than the JFK assassination. Well, if they do show the Isles' feed, we'll all get to get another glimpse of the lovely but talented Deb Kaufmann. I just love her Eddie Money-ish slanted talk.
LET'S GO PENS !!!!!