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The biggest question after when Crosby will return is who will skate alongside him. The line of James Neal, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kuntiz has fueled Pittsburgh’s 20-4-1 run since Jan. 13, and the second line of Jordan Staal, Pascal Dupuis and Steve Sullivan has picked it up the last two weeks.

Crosby played with grinders Eric Tangradi and Dustin Jeffrey on Saturday, though it’s highly unlikely he’d do the same whenever he hops over the boards to play in a game.

Crosby, for one, isn’t picky.

“Everyone’s playing really well at this point,” he said. “It really doesn’t matter. I just want to get back out there.”