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Insider Only Crosby pointless in his past four games

Sidney Crosby is pointless in his last four games for the fourth time in his career as the Pittsburgh Penguins are in the midst of a two game losing streak. Is it too early to be concerned?
Crosby (16 pts) is not getting much help from Bill Guerin (3 goals) who has not scored in 10 games and linemate Chris Kunitz only has 3 goals this season.
The power play also continues to struggle as the Penguins are 0-for-21 in their last four games.
The reason to be worried for Crosby’s struggles is that he’s one of the games top playmakers and only has 7 assists.
Crosby has shown the ability to be a more prolific goal scorer lately (24 goals in his last 41 games) but his greatest attribute is his playmaking ability.
Since March 5, 2009, the Kunitz – Crosby – Guerin unit has been together for the most part and it’s too early to split them up. Pittsburgh doesn’t have any better options at this point to play alongside Crosby anyways.
The player to watch over the next 3-4 weeks is Bill Guerin who will turn 39 on Monday.

In the past couple games, Guerin has failed to bury a number of prime scoring chances, especially on the power play in around the net. In watching him in practice, he still has good hands around the net and a quick shot.
I still think he has a 18-20 goal season in him but it’s hard to project what Guerin’s going to bring in the goal department over the long haul of a season at age 39.
Letang update
As I mentioned Sunday morning, Kris Letang (Upper arm) will be evaluated in Pittsburgh by Dr. Charles Burke Monday morning. A team official I talked to this afternoon is very concerned. Anytime a player is sent back home during a road trip, it’s usually not a good thing.
Krejci could play against Pittsburgh
Bruins center David Krejci is scheduled to practice Monday for the first time since he was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. He could return to the lineup against Pittsburgh, Tuesday night.
Alexei Morozov update
Former Pittsburgh Penguins winger Alexei Morozov has become one of the premier players in the KHL and on Sunday, Morozov helped Russia win the four-nation Karjala Cup on Sunday after scoring in overtime to clinch a 4-3 victory over the Czech Republic.
Morozov scored 3 goals and two assists in the tournament and was tied for the points lead.
Morozov is earning a salary of $4-$5 million per season for the Kazan Ak-Bars of the KHL and has scored 30+ goals the past three seasons.
In the summer of 2006, Ray Shero approached Morozov about returning to Pittsburgh. Morozov is comfortable in the Russia and was seeking upwards of $3 million per season.

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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