The guy nicknamed The Next Great One, Sidney Crosby, is certainly not playing like he did in the past years. Last year, he scored 84 points, good for third in the league. He also won two Art Ross trophies, given to the NHL regular season top scorer, and two Hart trophies, given to the league MVP. Suprisingly, Sid the Kid is not playing like the league MVP, and he's way off from being the top scorer of the National Hockey League right now.

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This season, it took five games to score his first point, and he only scored 31 points in 38 games, good for 0.82 point/game. It's well below his career average of 1.33 points/game. His point total is good for 36th in the league. Crosby also posted a +/- -2 and went scoreless in 18 of 38 games played.

When your name is Sidney Crosby and you play with Phil Kessel, Evgeni Malkin, David Perron, Chris Kunitz, Patric Hornqvist, and Kris Letang, your production is not supposed to go down.

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Although, the woes this season aren't resting solely on Crosby's shoulders. The Pittsburgh Penguins are 10th in the Eastern Conference (a point below the last team to make the playoffs) and many players around him are not producing.

That said, Crosby scored a goal in each of his last four games and he recorded twelve points in his last eight games. Luckily, the Penguins are not out of the playoff race, and their captain is finally back to help them.

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In their last seven games, the Penguins recorded ten points out of 14 possible, and they recorded a point in six of their last seven games. The Penguins are playing their next six games against the Montreal Canadiens, two times against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Tampa Bay Lightings, the Saint Louis Blues, and the Philadelphia Flyers -- all possible wins for the Penguins. The Canadiens won three of their last 15 games, the Lightings, the Flyers, and the Hurricanes are 11th, 12th, and 13th in the Eastern Conference.

The Penguins have the chance to regain their old form by continuing to win during this stretch. In addition, Crosby scored 193 points in 141 career games against these teams. If Sidney Crosby is back to his old self and scores like he did in the past during the next games, the Penguins might have a chance to continue their winning streak.

"For me, the most important thing is he's playing extremely hard.

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That's how we have to play to give ourselves a chance to win, regardless of who you are," said Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan.

Just like Mike Sullivan said, Crosby needs to continue to play hard so the Penguins continue to win games and get a chance to make the playoffs

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