The injury situation of the Pittsburgh Penguins has gone from bad to worse as their biggest star, Sidney Crosby, has been placed on injured reserve.
With Kris Letang and Patric Hornqvist already injured – and Malkin returning recently after 11 leg injuries – the Penguins see another big blow to Crosby’s mix for the foreseeable future. The captain of Pittsburgh deals with a sports hernia and has decided to undergo surgery.
While the locker has seen its fair share of injuries so far to start in 2019-20, the team has little to keep in the wild and is no longer a key piece of the puzzle that will make their upcoming run difficult. In turn, the Penguins will look to Malkin to lead the way, as will Jake Guentzel, Alex Galchenyuk and Nick Bjustad to step up and fill the gap left by the 32-year-old center.
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How long will Sidney Crosby come out?
The Penguins governor underwent “muscle injury repair” to fix his sports nerve on November 14, which will keep him out of lineup for at least six weeks, the team said in a statement.
“Captain Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby has had a successful recovery from muscle injuries … surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. The expected recovery time is at least six weeks.”
On Monday, the team announced that Crosby has been skating for about a week, but did not provide any details about his return schedule.
“It is making progress on the detoxification process,” said coach Mike Sullivan. “We are encouraged by where he is. As he approaches, we will let you know.”
Sidney Crosby injury time series
Crosby suffered a hernia from training camp but had played through it, leading the team with 17 points in 17 games.
In the third period of the Pens’ 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, the 5-11, 200-pound forward was skating in the offensive zone when, trying not to clash with a backchecking Erik Gustafsson, the defender’s skateboard tanning. Not long afterwards, Crosby left his right leg before leaving the game and was subject to further evaluation.
The athlete later confirmed Tuesday that Crosby did not hurt his leg. Instead, he had to decide on a different injury entirely: whether or not to have surgery to repair his hernia. He chose the latter and is now not expected to return before Christmas, via NHL.com.