The Pittsburgh Penguins’ next two games are against the Philadelphia Flyers, but they are 10 days apart, and that presents an interesting scenario for Sidney Crosby.
After missing about two months, 28 games, because of a core muscle injury, or sports hernia, that required surgery, the Penguins captain has come roaring back. In the four games since he has returned, he has eight points, including three goals, and has shown the skill, skating and spidey sense that have made him a future Hall of Famer.
Now Crosby has just one more game, Tuesday night at Philadelphia, before the Penguins head into their break that includes the All-Star weekend and bye week. They then host the Flyers Jan. 31.
So, is the break a good thing for Crosby to make sure his surgically repaired midsection is fully sound heading into the stretch run of the season, or is it a momentum-killer?