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07:17 AM ET 04.24 | As the playoffs approach, there remains one very big question mark in Pittsburgh. [Dan Bylsma] said winger James Neal is on the verge of returning to practice full time with the team in a "short time period" but there is no timeline for center Sidney Crosby, who has missed 10 games with a broken jaw. Neal, who missed his seventh game because of a concussion, practiced briefly with the team Sunday. "Sidney, while he's skating and continues to skate, [we] don't have a timeline, or time frame on him yet," said Bylsma. Crosby and Neal skated early Tuesday before an optional team skate that included Martin, Steve MacIntyre, Kris Letang, Robert Bortuzzo, Simon Depres, Evgeni Malkin, Beau Bennett and Marc-Andre Fleury.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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April 24, 2013  08:01 AM ET

More here than meets the eye, me thinks

April 24, 2013  08:20 AM ET

When asked to comment, Sid gurgled something incoherent.

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April 24, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Hes just afraid of the Rangers in the first round.

April 24, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Let's Go Pens!

April 24, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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Hes just afraid of the Rangers in the first round.

this kid in goal for florida didn't seem too scared last night

April 24, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Hes just afraid of the Rangers in the first round.

Rangers should finish 7th. Ottawa has @Caps @Bruins and home with Flyers.

April 24, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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Rangers should finish 7th. Ottawa has @Caps @Bruins and home with Flyers.

Setting up Rangers/Bruins

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April 24, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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Setting up Rangers/Bruins

Should be interesting how all this plays out.

Thank goodness the Pens don't face the Sabres in the playoffs. WTF?

April 24, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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Caps can't go north or south in the standings, so I doubt we'll see them at full clip. Boston's been trying their hardest to play the Leafs in the first round, making it clear they do not wish to win anymore hockey games. Flyers suck. Ottawa will get the 7th.

Rangers have 2 winnable games. If they tie in points Rangers have more wins.

April 24, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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Should be interesting how all this plays out.Thank goodness the Pens don't face the Sabres in the playoffs. WTF?

Seriously. Devils either. Both beat up on the Pens this year

April 24, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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Rangers have 2 winnable games. If they tie in points Rangers have more wins.

But you make a valid point.

April 24, 2013  09:12 AM ET
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Rangers have 2 winnable games. If they tie in points Rangers have more wins.

they had one last night too. Outplayed The panthers big...just not on the board...only on paper.
Here's hoping my team doesn't throw it away

April 24, 2013  09:27 AM ET

The update gave little new, but that didn't stop the interns from posting it here.

The way the Pens have been playing (last night aside) I don't think it matters if Sid comes back for the first round at all. They got Geno back and the rest of the guys have been on a roll. If they get bounced in the first round again, not having Sid is no excuse.

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April 24, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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Wasn't last night supposed to be a "winnable game"?

Was only the last place team...

 
April 24, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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The update gave little new, but that didn't stop the interns from posting it here.The way the Pens have been playing (last night aside) I don't think it matters if Sid comes back for the first round at all. They got Geno back and the rest of the guys have been on a roll. If they get bounced in the first round again, not having Sid is no excuse.

Hence, why the small update. They don't want to be hounded about his return. One day, you will see him practicing with the team, shortly thereafter he will be back. End of story.

To your other point, the playoffs are a whole other beast/season. They draw the Rangers in first round, they need Sid. Don't doubt it for a second. Not having Sid will hurt...even if he is playing at 50% will be better than not having him.

Geno hasn't been helping. Sorry, but it is the truth. Unless he turns his game around, he could hurt more than he could help.

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