• Pens' Crosby Likely To Play Next To Kessel

    News: Coach Mike Johnston said earlier this week that Sidney Crosby is expected to play next to Phil Kessel to begin training camp, CBS Sports reports.
    Analysis: The Penguins have cycled in a number of right wingers next to Sidney Crosby throughout his career, and while Patric Hornqvist proved capable in that capacity last season, he's not nearly as prolific at finding twine as Kessel, a five-time 30-goal scorer. With his health concerns beginning to fade away after missing only seven games over the last two seasons, Crosby once again looks like a reasonable choice at No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts, even after scoring only 28 goals in 2014-15, his lowest total in any year he's suited up for at least 60 contests. Crosby probably won't come close to approaching the 51-goal peak he reached in 2009-10, but a slight uptick in his anomalous 11.8 shooting percentage coupled with the likely increase in assist opportunities with Kessel blitzing the net could make a return to 100 points conceivable.
  • Pens' Crosby Sets Up Goal In Game 5 Loss

    News: Sidney Crosby registered an assist in Friday's series-ending Game 5 loss to the Rangers.
    Analysis: Sidney Crosby finished the postseason with two goals and two assists in five games; a fine total, but not nearly enough for a Penguins' attack that struggled all series to generate high-quality scoring opportunities against world-class netminder Henrik Lundqvist. The center will turn 28 in August, and while it might be premature to say that he's on the decline, there's a fair argument to make that he may no longer be the consensus No. 1 fantasy pick heading into the 2015-16 campaign. Though he's seemed to assuage some concern about his ability to stay healthy by missing only seven games over the last two years, Crosby saw his goal total decline to 28 in 2014-15, the lowest output for his career during any season in which he suited up for 60-plus games.
  • Crosby's Two Goals Lead Pens To Game 2 Victory

    News: Sidney Crosby scored two goals in Saturday's Game 2 win over the Rangers.
    Analysis: A big performance from the captain, who was held pointless in Thursday's playoff opener. With the series now tied 1-1, Sidney Crosby will need to keep producing if the Penguins hope to get past the Rangers. With 116 points in 97 career playoff games, Crosby is one of the best guys you can have in a playoff pool.
  • Pens' Crosby Kept Quiet By Blueshirts Thursday

    News: Sidney Crosby was held pointless Thursday against the Rangers, finishing with a minus-1 rating and one shot on goal in 19:11 TOI.
    Analysis: He collected one goal in a seven-game playoff series against New York in 2013-14 -- his only postseason score in the last twenty contests. The Pens will need more from their captain if they intend to challenge the Rangers in the quarterfinal series. On the bright side, Sidney Crosby won 15 of 20 faceoffs despite registering a 49.9 percent win rate during the regular season.
  • Pens' Crosby Shoots Blanks In Finale Saturday

    News: Sidney Crosby was kept pointless for just the second time in his last nine contests Saturday, falling out of a tie for the Art Ross Trophy.
    Analysis: He was in position to win consecutive scoring titles for the first time since Jaromir Jagr won it four years in a row, from 1997-98 to 2000-01. Sidney Crosby finishes third in scoring with 84 points (28G, 56A) behind Jamie Benn (87 points) and John Tavares (86 points), though he still led the league with 1.09 points per game. Crosby scored one goal and three points in a seven-game series against the Rangers -- Pittsburgh's playoff opponent -- last year.
  • Pens' Crosby Keeping Up Pace

    News: Sidney Crosby scored a goal and assisted on a second Tuesday night in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Sens.
    Analysis: He endured a rough night physically, taking a stick to the groin that caused him to double over for a good half minute. Sidney Crosby now has 83 points, putting him in a tie with the Isles' John Tavares in the Art Ross Trophy competition. Appropriately enough, he'll face Tavares and the Islanders on Friday. Crosby potted two goals and an assist the last time he saw the boys from Long Island.
  • Pens' Crosby Scores Third Goal In Four Games

    News: Sidney Crosby collected his 27th goal of the season Saturday afternoon in Columbus.
    Analysis: Sidney Crosby and linemate Patric Hornqvist nearly willed Pittsburgh to a regulation tie, but the team failed to hold a late second-period, two-goal advantage. The star center scored a goal against Philly (the Pens' Sunday opponent) on Wednesday. His team will need its best player to come up big with a playoff bid still teetering unbalanced heading into the final week.
  • Pens' Crosby Scores In Loss

    News: Sidney Crosby netted his team's lone goal -- his 300th career goal -- in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Flyers.
    Analysis: Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to four games, and cracked the 80-point threshold for the sixth time in his career. He currently leads the NHL, so the Penguins owe him in no small part for their current position -- one in which they're poised to make another run at the Stanley Cup.
  • Pens' Crosby Tallies Trio Of Points Saturday

    News: Sidney Crosby collected three points -- including a goal and two assists -- in a 3-2 victory over Phoenix on Saturday.
    Analysis: The Pens superstar has scored six goals and 20 points in his last 16 games after going through a seven-point, 13-game stretch. He leads the NHL with 78 points (25G, 53A) in 70 games.
  • Pens' Crosby Smells Art Ross Trophy

    News: Sidney Crosby scored one goal and assisted on a second in a 3-1 win over Arizona on Saturday.
    Analysis: He now has 16 points (5G, 11A) in his last 13 games despite playing nine of those contests away from Consol Energy Center. The two-point night also gives Sidney Crosby the NHL lead in scoring with 74 points (24G, 50A).