- Neil Greenberg, NHL
The 24-year-old former MVP was remarkable in his return from a 10-month layoff in November, scoring twice in his season debut against the New York Islanders and amassing 12 points in eight games before concussion-like symptoms sidelined him again.
His team also has been remarkable in his absence. The Penguins have won nine in a row and have a record of 42-21-5, four points ahead of the fifth-place Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference.
Crosby is widely acknowledged as the NHL's premier player, and his return provides coach Dan Bylsma with some options -- but some tough decisions to make as well.
ESPN Insider Neil Greenberg looks at the impact of Sidney Crosby's return on the Pittsburgh Penguins' offense, with particular focus on how Evgeni Malkin will be affected.