Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, Brian Dumoulin Test Positive For COVID-19

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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.

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

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