Penguins’ Crosby expected to play Monday after death of his grandmother

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Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is expected to make his preseason debutMonday against the Minnesota Wild.

Crosby, who traveled home to Nova Scotia, Canada to be with his family after the passing of his grandmother, is set torejoin the team Sunday after missing Saturday’s preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“I talked to Sid (Saturday), obviously these situations are really difficult for individuals,” head coach Mike Johnston said, viaNHL.com. “And as an organization, you’re always going to side on the player making sure his family is taken care of. But I talked to Sid a few minutes ago and the funeral arrangements are being made. He’s expecting to be here (Sunday)sometime and then play on Monday.”

Crosby will appear in his first game after missing the start of training camp due to an unspecified injury.

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