How long can the Penguins survive the loss of Sidney Crosby?
Welcome to life without Sidney Crosby.
At least for a little while.
It’s probably going to feel like forever, though. Crosby is out at least six weeks after hernia surgery.
TribLIVE Penguins beat writer Seth Rorabaugh is on hand in New Jersey as the team takes the ice for its second game without the captain.
We talk about how the centers will line up without Sid. Also, can Evgeni Malkin step up his game as he so often does when Crosby is on the shelf?
Brandon Tanev is a bit of a head-scratcher. The coaching staff seems to love him on the fourth line with Zach Aston-Reese and Teddy Blueger. But isn’t Tanev’s speed and maniacal forecheck better served playing on a more skilled line that can capitalize on the fruits of his hard work?
Mike Sullivan’s power-play unit finally scored a goal on Tuesday against the New York Rangers, its first after 28 failed opportunities. We’ll see if they can extend any momentum moving forward against New Jersey.
Meanwhile, the penalty kill is the second best in the league. We talk about what is working there.