Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan announced on Wednesday that center Sidney Crosby and defenseman Brian Dumoulin have both tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the team’s practice. Both players are currently in COVID-19 protocol.
Not the news we were hoping for.
Coach Sullivan confirms that Sidney Crosby and Brian Dumoulin missed practice after testing positive for COVID-19. Both players are in the COVID protocol right now.
Crosby has mild symptoms and Dumoulin is currently asymptomatic.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 3, 2021
Crosby, who missed one game last year while in COVID-19 protocol, is experiencing mild symptoms while Dumoulin is asymptomatic. Crosby missed the team’s first seven games of the season after undergoing wrist surgery in September before returning in a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, where he earned a -3 rating.
It is unclear when Crosby will return to the team.
The Penguins already have defensemen Chad Ruhwedel and Marcus Pettersson currently in COVID-19 protocol. Eight players from the team have been in COVID-19 protocol this season.
They are also without center Evgeni Malkin (knee surgery), who will be out until at least December, and right-wing Bryan Rust (lower-body injury). Rust wore a no-contact jersey during practice on Wednesday.
Defenseman Kris Letang, who experienced COVID-19 symptoms and missed the team’s past four games, returned to practice and could play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday but Crosby will be out.
By Harrison Brown