The long and winding road Sidney Crosby has taken while recovering from a concussion continues to curve.
This week began Monday with promise. Crosby, who has not played for the Penguins since Jan. 5, said then that his anticipated return for a game tonight against Dallas at Consol Energy Center was “a possibility.”
However, Crosby will not play Friday night or Saturday night at Carolina, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday after his club’s third practice this week.
Bylsma has addressed Crosby’s status each of the past two days because there is “no news with Sid,” according to a senior member of general manager Ray Shero’s hockey operations staff. There is no plan for Crosby to speak daily, as was his preconcussion routine, said that staff member.
Dating to his training-camp debut in September, Crosby has not spoken routinely this year.
Bylsma stressed the Penguins were “not keeping a secret” near the beginning of his daily meeting with reporters.
"When he’s going to play, we’ll make sure to let you know," Bylsma said.