The world's most famous hockey player will be performing at the world's most famous arena on Thursday, yet there will be something unfamiliar about Sidney Crosby's surroundings.

Crosby will have new linemates and a new role on the power play when the Penguins meet the Rangers in an Eastern Conference showdown at Madison Square Garden. He also won't be playing as many minutes as usual. At least not yet.

"I think this time," coach Dan Bylsma said, "shooting for around the 15-minute mark in the game is more likely given the fact we're playing three (games) in four (nights) and him getting back in the lineup again for the first time in a while."