Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will miss at least six weeks of action after “core muscle surgery,” the team reported Thursday.
This comes on the heels of a report from Rob Rossi of The Athletic, which stated that Crosby reaggravated a sports hernia. He’d been dealing with it since training camp, but decided to defer surgery until later on account of so many injuries to the Penguins.
But clearly that situation has changed and Pittsburgh, which seemed to be of the mind to push surgery up earlier in the season, will be without Crosby for at least six weeks.
This is a smart move if the Penguins have designs on playoff success, at it will ensure their star is back in business by then.
It hasn’t been an easy season for Pittsburgh on the injury front, as they were without Evgeni Malkin to start the year. He’s back in the fold and is looking to make up for lost time, but now Crosby is out. In fact, the Penguins have had both Crosby and Malkin in the lineup for just six of 18 games this season.
Crosby left Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks after falling awkwardly during a tangle with Erik Gustafsson. After that, he blocked a shot with his foot.
Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 12 assists and a total of 17 points in 17 games. His possession numbers are also stellar.
Malkin will have to do a lot of the heavy lifting going forward, but he’s ready for the task at hand. In fact, he averages 1.7 points per game without Crosby in the lineup.
“I need to be fire,” he said Thursday. “I will be fire.” That the remarks came as a fire alarm was going off in the midst of a media scrum in New Jersey is hardly coincidental.
The Penguins are in possession of the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference as of press time. They’re fourth in the Metropolitan Division ahead of Friday’s game against the Devils.
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