December 8, 2011

Pittsburgh Penguins To Sit Out Sidney Crosby for Two Days

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Wednesday afternoon that Captain Sidney Crosby will sit out the next two games as a “precautionary measure” after an open ice collision with teammate Chris Kunitz on Monday night.  While nobody within the organization is elaborating on the injury, one has to guess that it is his head.  However, when reviewing the hit, it seems as if it is Crosby’s knee that is bothering him and not hit head, after colliding with Cooke Crosby seemed to favor one leg on his way to the bench.  

In an interview on NHL Live on Wednesday Pittsburgh alternate captain Jordan Staal said that he did not even realize that Crosby was injured during the morning skate on Wednesday.  Staal continued saying that he was surprised when Sid was not on the flight to Philadelphia.  The Penguins, it would seem, are holding Crosby out Thursday night because they are playing the Flyers.  The rivalry between those two teams makes anytime Crosby plays Philly a dangerous game, and even that much more dangerous when he is banged up.  Next looking at the second game Crosby will miss.  The Pens play the Islanders on Saturday.  The last time these two met was in Crosby’s return to the ice, which Pitt won by a score of 5-0.  It would appear that the Pens are not worried about the Islanders.  They are, it appears, focusing on making sure Crosby is well rested and ready to go for the showdown of perennial powerhouses when they take on the Red Wings on December 13. 

So Pens fans do not worry about your captain.  It appears by all means that this is truly a precautionary measure for Crosby, and he should be ready to go and once again provide an extra offensive spark December 13 when the Red Wings roll into Pittsburgh. 

- Isaac Berky

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