Friday, January 16, 2009

Sid to sit for Penguins

When the Anaheim Ducks face off against the Penguins tonight, the Pens will have to do without the services of their captain Sidney Crosby on Friday night, the decision to sit Crosby out for Friday's game was made after the morning skate when Crosby said he didn't feel comfortable with the condition of his "lower body injury".

Crosby suffered the problem in the waning moments of Wednesday's game with the Capitals, that after he had collided with the Caps David Steckel, Crosby fell to the ice and had to be assisted off the ice with help from one of the game's linesmen.

The Penguins have said little about the injury since Wednesday, other than to narrow the focus to the lower body, some suggest it may be a knee injury, but the Pens just list it as a lower body problem.

It's not known how long Crosby may be sidelined, but embattled head coach Michael Therrien must be hoping it won't be for too long, already the Pens are starting to look like a M*A*S*H unit, with forward Maxime Talbot and defensemen Rob Scuderi and Kris Letang all listed as not ready to play.

For a team that has been struggling to score of late and needs to pick up some wins to quiet the rumbles of coaching change, losing your star player for any period of time isn't going to make the task of winning any easier.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review -- Crosby, other Penguins won't be playing tonight
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Cumulative crush of injuries punishes Pens
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette-- Crosby, 4 other Penguins to miss tonight's game

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