Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby left Saturday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period due to a lower-body injury. On Monday, head coach Mike Sullivan stated Crosby will miss Pittsburgh’s game Tuesday against the New York Rangers.
“Sid is continuing to be evaluated right now,” Sullivan told reporters. “I don’t have an update for you. He will not play against the Rangers tomorrow. When I get further information, I will let you know.”
After the Penguins’ 3-2 shootout victory Saturday, it was confirmed that Crosby suffered an injury in the third period and was undergoing further evaluation.
No. 87’s left leg collided with Chicago defenseman Erik Gustafsson’s skate during an offensive zone entry in the final frame of Saturday’s game. Later in the same shift, Crosby took a shot off his right skate and left the ice shortly afterward.
The Pittsburgh captain leads his team with 17 points in 17 games played so far this season. With Crosby now on the shelf for the time being, the Pens are currently dealing with two recent injuries as well: defenseman Kris Letang is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury and the team placed forward Patric Hornqvist on injured reserve Nov. 3.
Pittsburgh (10-6-1, 21 points) own third place in the Metropolitan Division after Saturday’s win, and with its star center potentially out in the near future, the team will need to find a way to maintain its winning record with some of the Penguins’ other pieces.