Penguins’ star Crosby could return against Panthers

The Penguins are off to a 3-2-1 start with Crosby out of the lineup.

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby plays during an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Pittsburgh. Although Crosby and Edmonton's Connor McDavid will undoubtedly say the game is the Penguins against the Edmonton Oilers, their first time against each other in a competitive setting will put them in the spotlight. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby plays during an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Pittsburgh. Although Crosby and Edmonton's Connor McDavid will undoubtedly say the game is the Penguins against the Edmonton Oilers, their first time against each other in a competitive setting will put them in the spotlight. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby could make his season debut Tuesday night against Florida.

The two-time MVP and reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner hasn’t played since sustaining a concussion in practice earlier this month. Crosby returned to practice on Monday and participated in Pittsburgh’s game-day skate on Tuesday morning.

Coach Mike Sullivan said it’s “likely” that Crosby will play. Crosby described himself as a “game time” decision.

The Penguins are off to a 3-2-1 start with Crosby out of the lineup.

Defenseman Kris Letang skated with the team on Tuesday, but wore a non-contact jersey and will miss his third straight game with an undisclosed injury.

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