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Sidney Crosby visits doctor, no word on return

There is no timetable for the return of injured Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby. (Chaz Palla /AP/ Tribune-Review)

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Sidney Crosby will resume practice Monday after seeing the doctor in Pittsburgh on Saturday, but there's no timetable for his return, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday.

"There's no date," Bylsma told reporters after the team's morning skate. "There's no point in the future we're talking about yet. It's just a scheduled appointment and progression down the road for Sidney."

Crosby had been practicing with the team on its road trip, which will end in Los Angeles, but he flew back to Pittsburgh for the doctor's appointment.

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Bylsma said Crosby wanted to get the appointment taken care of Saturday so he wouldn't miss a team building event next week.

"We were able to see the doctor and get that taken care of and he'll be returning to practice on Monday," Bylsma said.

Crosby has been out since last January due to a concussion.

Kovalchuk out for Devils' game against Jets

The New Jersey Devils were going to see how Ilya Kovalchuk held up after Saturday's morning skate, but Kovalchuk didn't need that much time to realize he couldn't play Saturday night.

Kovalchuk, who left Thursday's game after pulling a muscle in his leg, left practice about halfway through and told reporters later he was out for that night's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

"Every year it seems I miss one or two games ... but hopefully, this year, this will be the only game," he said.

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The winger said David Clarkson, who's scored a goal in his past two games, should do a good job filling in since "he's on fire right now."

The Devils will also miss defenseman Andy Greene, who will be out for the second straight game with a lower-body injury.

Coach Pete DeBoer said he didn't think either injury should be considered a long-term one.

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