Crosby, who has missed 59 games during the last two seasons because of concussions and their aftermath, is due to play in the contest at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“I got a good practice in and I’m looking forward to getting back out there,” Crosby said today, according to the Penguins’ website.
Crosby, 24, sustained head injuries in last year’s Jan. 1 Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals and again four days later against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He missed the rest of the 2010-11 NHL season.
Crosby returned to the ice this season for eight games until he was sidelined when concussion-like symptoms returned during a game against Boston on Dec. 5. After that collision, he was diagnosed with a soft-tissue injury in his neck.
The Rangers lead the NHL’s Eastern Conference by 10 points over the Boston Bruins in standings that determine the top playoff seed. They also are four points ahead of the Penguins in the Atlantic Division. The division winners take the top three postseason seeds in each conference.
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