Almost just as soon as Jarome Iginla arrived in Pittsburgh, the player he was probably most looking forward to skating with was on his way out with a broken jaw. Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely with the injury.
The Penguins captain had surgery on his jaw on Saturday night and a status update is expected later in the week, so we should have a better indication as to how long he’ll be out then.
We do know that he didn’t require any wiring on the jaw, which was broken after he was hit in the mouth with a puck on Saturday night.
“Very tough,” Iginla said. “Very unfortunate play. Seeing on the replay, he didn’t see it coming at all.”
The Penguins have won 15 games in a row and are looking for number 16 when they take on the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. They’re in line to break a franchise record 17-game winning streak, set by the club in 1993, but without Crosby in the line-up things might be a little more difficult. A little.
The question now has to be if Crosby will be back for the post-season. Sources are suggesting that he will, with Rob Rossi from the Tribune-Review reporting that he’s been “unofficially” told Sid the Kid will be ready for the playoffs.
Another question has to be if the broken jaw could have any effect on his concussion history. This is something the team will be looking at and he’ll probably be evaluated to be on the safe side.
“I think every time that type of thing happens to a player you think of that,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “It doesn’t matter who it is…You think about those things regardless of the player, yes.”