Sidney Crosby was injured in the intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday morning and didn’t report to the second intrasquad scrimmage on Monday morning at The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. As of right now we don’t know what the injury is. In any normal circumstances, Head Coach Mike Sullivan would have announced the injury and so would have Assistant Coach Mark Recchi.
If he is out for an extended period of time, they could be doomed for the later rounds of the NHL Playoffs, but I would still expect them to beat the Montreal Canadiens in the qualifying round anyways.
Mark Madden of 105.9 The X said on his Madden Monday podcast, “I’ve been told by a source within the team, and a pretty reliable source (from) out, that this is no big deal.”
He also said, “It’s something very minor. The only worry I think we can have is that we’ve got to hope it’s something that isn’t nagging even if it is minor. Because the last thing you want is something that never goes away and could get worse.”
Crosby was also dealing with a groin injury earlier in the season and he decided to get surgery on it. Let’s hope it wasn’t the case this time around again. The 32 year old Sidney Crosby played in 41 games this past season scoring 16 goals and 31 assists. His plus/minus was -8.
As for Evgeni Malkin, Head Coach Mike Sullivan has been pleased at how Malkin is stepping his game in Crosby’s absence. In 55 games played this season, Malkin scored 25 goals and recorded 49 assists. His plus/minus was 7.
Jake Guentzel, Bryan Rust, Patric Hornqvist, and others are going to have to step up as well. There were nine players recently that have had to quarantine, including Hornqvist and Juuso Riikola but returned to the ice on Monday.
The only decision this team has to make is between Matt Murray or Tristan Jarry as the starting goalie. After that, let’s hope Sidney Crosby travels with the team this Friday, the 24th of July, up to Toronto when the bubble will begin.