The Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Pirates will face off in the NHL playoffs on Sunday at 7 p.m.
ET in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
The Penguins, who were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in 2015, are looking for a sixth straight trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who leads the team in scoring, has been dealing with an illness for much of the postseason and missed most of training camp due to it.
He returned to the ice Monday, but he’s not expected to play again until the playoffs start.
“I feel great.
We’re just working on our next game, so it’s all good,” Crosby said Tuesday.
“I think it’s important for me to get my body back to normal, and I’m not going to go through this again.
We’ll just see where it takes us.”
Pirates defenseman Matt Niskanen said he’s also feeling good, but there’s no timetable for his return.
“Obviously I’ve got a lot of confidence in myself,” Niskonen said.
“It’s definitely going to be a big challenge.
It’s going to take some time to get back.
I’m definitely hoping I’m ready to go, but it’s going in the back of my mind right now.”
The Penguins won’t face the winner of the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers or Washington Capitals in the Eastern Division Final on Sunday.
The Penguins are one game behind the Flyers for the second wild card in the Stanley Playoffs, but the Pens’ playoff fate hinges on whether they win Game 7 on Sunday against the Blackhawks.