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Better Late Than Never
BRIAN CAZENEUVE
January 21, 2013
The frantic 48-game schedule, who's back from where (and in what kind of shape) and which milestones are approaching: Everything you need to know for 2013—starting with the team that will hoist the Cup
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January 21, 2013

Better Late Than Never

The frantic 48-game schedule, who's back from where (and in what kind of shape) and which milestones are approaching: Everything you need to know for 2013—starting with the team that will hoist the Cup

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AFTER MISSING most of last season recovering from a concussion, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was forced to sit out again. He flirted with playing overseas but never did. The superstar center is finally at full health, but he has played just 28 games, including playoffs, since Jan. 5, 2011. He's not alone, though. Of last year's top 55 scorers, 31 opted to stay home during the lockout, including the Lightning's Steven Stamkos, the Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel, the Rangers' Brad Richards and twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin of the Canucks.

I'd Rather Be Rusty

For some players the decision to stay in game shape during the lockout didn't work out so well.

CLAUDE GIROUX

Flyers C

He says he's O.K., but a neck injury limited him to nine games in the German league this fall.

ADAM HENRIQUE

Devils C

The playoff hero's surgically repaired left thumb—hurt in November playing in the AHL—will keep him out until at least early next month.

BLAKE GEOFFRION

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