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By Josh Yohe
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011

It appears there isn't anything mild about Sidney Crosby's concussion.

The Penguins' captain has been out 13 days with what the Penguins initially described as a "mild concussion," and his return timetable remains unclear.

Even some of his teammates are acknowledging that the injury isn't minor.

"I don't know who ever termed it mild," defenseman Brooks Orpik said. "I think those things are impossible to predict. I've had ones where, a few days later, I feel fine."

Crosby hasn't played since Jan. 5, when Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman rammed the face of hockey's head into the glass at Consol Energy Center. Four days earlier, Crosby absorbed a nasty, controversial hit from Washington's David Steckel.

The Penguins are 2-3 without their best player.

"I don't have new information for you about the situation," coach Dan Bylsma said. "He continues to get better."

Not good enough, though, to resume skating. Crosby must pass certain tests before being cleared to play and, while it's unclear exactly when that will be, the team's original statement that he would miss one week clearly underestimated the severity of the concussion.

"Hopefully he gets better," Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said.

Orpik dismissed any notion that the concussion was mild.

"That's a pretty loose term," he said. "I'm the wrong guy to ask for an update. I haven't seen too much of him lately."

Crosby's lead in the scoring race has shrunk to five points over Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.

Bylsma continues to make it clear that Crosby won't return until his symptoms have completely abated.

"He won't progress until he's symptom-free to go on to the next state," Bylsma said.

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Season series : The Penguins and Red Wings are meeting for the first time this season and for the first time at Consol Energy Center. They split two meetings last season.

Streak: Won 2

Who to watch: C Henrik Zetterberg has always been responsible for matching up against C Sidney Crosby. But with Crosby out of the lineup, Zetterberg figures to focus his defensive efforts on struggling C Evgeni Malkin.

Trends 'N at: Penguins C Jordan Staal has two goals and three assists in his past two games after going without a point in five games to start his season. ... D Nicklas Lidstrom leads all defensemen with 42 points. ... Penguins D Kris Letang ranks third among defensemen with 40 points.

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