Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby practices for first time since surgery; Jake Guentzel still sidelined with COVID

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby practiced Saturday for the first time since last month’s wrist surgery.

The team gave the veteran center a six-week recovery timeline after the Sept. 8 operation on his left wrist.

His availability has not been determined for Tuesday’s regular-season opener at two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay. Per head coach Mike Sullivan, Crosby will make the trip to Florida but will not play.

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Crosby returns to practice

Crosby, 34, is entering his 17th NHL season and remains one of the league’s biggest stars. The three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time Hart Trophy winner has 1,325 points (486 goals, 839 assists) in 1,039 games.

In 2020-21, Crosby played in 55 games and tallied 24 goals and 38 assists for Pittsburgh, which hasn’t made it past the second round of the playoffs since winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.

Guentzel still sidelined with COVID

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel tested positive for COVID-19 last Sunday morning. He continues to be monitored by the team’s medical staff and will follow the protocols set forth by the National Hockey League.

Per Rob Rossi, head coach Mike Sullivan said Jake Guentzel is asymptomatic and continues to go through the COVID protocol but he has not practiced since the positive test last week.

Guentzel, 26, recorded 57 points (23 goals, 34 assists) in 56 games last season.

–Field Level Media