Crosby's return on hold despite good form in practice

(Reuters) - Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not return to the National Hockey League (NHL) for at least the next two games despite looking good in practice, his team said on Thursday.

The 24-year-old, the league's biggest drawing card, was cleared for contact last month after being sidelined since January by a concussion.

"He had a good week of practice and is progressing, but he won't be playing this weekend," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was quoted as saying by the team's website (http://penguins.nhl.com).

"We're not keeping a secret. When he plays, we'll make sure we let you know."

"From a coach's standpoint, we're not looking for an indicator on the ice that says Sidney can play," Bylsma said.

"He looks great, he flies around, but in terms of the progressing and the rehab the doctors have set out, going through that step, practicing with people, we definitely want to go through that process."

The Penguins, who lead the Atlantic Division, host the Dallas Stars on Friday before visiting the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve Ginsburg)