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Crosby to return Thursday night

Sidney's back.

That's great news for Penguins fans.

The hottest team in the NHL (9-game winning streak) gets the best player on the planet back -- with apologies to Evgeni Malkin, the likely MVP.

There's only one question I have going into Thursday's return of Crosby against the first-place Rangers.

Will he finish the season?

My fear is he's the next Eric Lindros, someone who will be forced to retire because of concussions.

However, I'm not sold on Crosby being the next Lindros.

My hope is the neck injury was more of a cause of his latest setback than anything else. If that's the case, and he just happened to be an athlete who had a concussion, the Penguins will be fine.

With the playoffs near and the intensity higher than it was when Crosby made his brief return earlier in the season, I think we'll find out soon enough.

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