Penguins captain Crosby out for game against Avalanche with upper-body injury
DENVER — Captain Sidney Crosby finally is part of the club.
An upper-body injury prevented him from playing for the Penguins against Colorado at Pepsi Center on Sunday night. Crosby is the 24th player to miss a game because of injury.
The Penguins are now at 506 man-games lost to injury— a total that leads the NHL by about 100.
The injury means Crosby again will not play a full season, something he never has done in the NHL.
“Every player offers resistances, wants to play in every game, be in every game, so …” coach Dan Bylsma said.
The Penguins also played without left winger Chris Kunitz and defensemen Brooks Orpik (lower-body injuries) and Olli Maatta (upper body).
“The injuries are ones that every one of the players has been playing with, and it wasn't prudent to play in back-to-back games, really,” Bylsma said.
The Penguins lost 4-0 at Minnesota on Saturday night.
Crosby played just less than 20 minutes in that contest. Second among NHL forwards at about 22 minutes of average ice time, Crosby had gone three consecutive games of playing fewer than 20 minutes.
Crosby had not said publicly that appearing in 82 games was a goal, though he had confided that to friends within and outside of the Penguins.
He had missed 114 games (including playoffs) in three seasons prior to this one. He was the league's top scorer and lead MVP candidate at the time of his injury in two of those three seasons.
Crosby, widely regarded by peers as the league's best player, has won the scoring title and MVP once each. His 102 points were 18 more than the NHL's No. 2 scorer, Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf, as of Sunday.
The Penguins played the Avalanche without their projected top three centers. Evgeni Malkin and Marcel Goc are out with foot injuries, and their status for Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs is undetermined.
Malkin, who is recovering from a hairline fracture, is scheduled to have a re-evaluation with a physician Monday in Pittsburgh, Bylsma said.
The Penguins believe Malkin could play sometime during Round 1, if not at the start. They do not anticipate Goc will be ready for the opening round.
The playoffs open April 16. The Penguins' opponent and the date for Game 1 are not determined.
Locked into the No. 2 seed as the Metropolitan Division champions, the Penguins' final week mostly is meaningless — though, home games against Detroit and Philadelphia could play a role in the seeding for those clubs.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins’ prospects could hinge on health of Letang, Maataa
- Penguins notebook: Farnham relishes making opening-night roster
- Penguins at a glance entering 2015-16 season
- Kessel addition, better health could have Pens scoring like it’s 1990s
- Penguins release Gonchar, send Pouliot down
- Intrigue abounds for Penguins before season opener
- Penguins star Crosby finding chemistry with new teammate Kessel
- Penguins’ Bennett takes big step forward with productive summer
- Rookie Sprong OK after injury scare in Penguins’ preseason finale
- Plotnikov shines in Penguins’ preseason victory over Lightning
- Red Wings expose Penguins defense in victory