The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Thursday that captain Sidney Crosby will miss at least six weeks, meaning he will be out through the NHL’s holiday break (18 games), after having a successful procedure to repair his core muscle. He left the third period of the Penguins’ 3-2 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday with a lower-body injury after falling along the boards while colliding with defenseman Erik Gustafsson.
The 32-year old leads the Penguins with 12 assists and 17 points in 17 games this season. He did not play in the Penguins’ 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
The Penguins are one point ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes for the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
They are also missing defenseman Kris Letang (lower-body) and forward Patric Hornqvist (lower-body), who will be out longer term.
From The Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby underwent a successful core muscle injury repair today, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. The expected recovery time is a minimum of six weeks.
Crosby, 32, leads the team in scoring with 12 assists and 17 points in 17 games for the Penguins this season despite dealing with a sports hernia since training camp.
By Harrison Brown