Crosby's return shifts the East 

March, 13, 2012
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Sidney CrosbyJustin K. Aller/Getty ImagesAs Sidney Crosby returns to the ice, Eastern Division foes are readying themselves.
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The anticipated Thursday return of Sidney Crosby impacts two opposing franchises more than any others -- the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers. Pittsburgh has suddenly pulled within four points of the stumbling Rangers while the Flyers have been battling to keep pace in the Atlantic.

But in speaking with general managers of both teams, it's clear the bigger picture is the focus rather than what it means to their franchises. The bottom line is that the league is a better place when Crosby is playing.