The current NHL season is nearly two weeks old and the pre-season favorite (888Sport) to win the NHL's MVP award, Sidney Crosby, has yet to make an appearance in a game. That could change on Tuesday night according to the writing of Wes Crosby, a correspondent at NHL.com. He wrote on October 24th"Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby returned to a full-contact practice Monday and could make his season debut against the Florida Panthers at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday."

Penguins mediocre through first six

The Penguins aren't off to any kind of noteworthy start without their star center. They opened the season with a win over the Washington Capitals, however since that time they have been mediocre.

They enter Tuesday's game at 3-2-1 on the season, they sit third in the Metro, and they are a surprising -6 on goal differential. That's in no small part due to a struggling game against the Nashville Predators in their last outing, one that the Preds won 5-1.

Sidney Crosby starts season behind in points

Crosby has been out as he follows concussion protocol. Last season he played in 80 games and scored 85 points per game to finish third in the NHL's scoring race. He won't play in that many regular season games this season following the six missed games to start the year. Whether he will still contend for a scoring title or MVP isn't clear either. However, missing six games is a significant blow from both points of view.

Those atop the NHL scoring table are players that already have nine points to date, including Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.

The Panthers head into Pittsburgh on the radar as a better-than-average team this season. They are 3-1-1 through five games and +4 on goal differential. If Crosby does not return tonight then the Penguins' next game is on Thursday when they host the New York Islanders.

The last game of the month for the Pens is Saturday when they travel to Philadelphia. But game time Tuesday between the Panthers and Penguins is 7pm ET with Crosby possibly debuting.

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