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Crosby, most of Penguins’ best players, unavailable vs. Avs

Apr 6, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 30: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his empty net goal in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Getty Images

The Colorado Avalanche won’t be facing the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, or at least not the team fans have become accustomed to seeing.

Forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz as well as defensemen Brooks Orpik and Olli Maatta are out, the team reported. They’re the latest additions to the list of injured Penguins players that also includes Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis, and Marcel Goc.

But hey, at least Jussi Jokinen is ready to return.

The good news for the Penguins is that none of the newly injured players are dealing with long-term problems and given that they’re locked into the second seed in the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh would probably jump on any mild ailment as a reason to rest its top guys.

One consequence of tonight’s lineup changes is that Sidney Crosby will once again full short of the 82-game mark. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma previously stated that he had no intention of listing Crosby as a healthy scratch before the playoffs.

  1. killerpgh - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Interesting. I blame coach Roy and the Avalanche top secret espionage group of hit man using food poisoning to their advantage. Saddly if they just would have watched the game last night against the Wild the wouldn’t have had to go through the trouble if the “same” team would show up tonight.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      The league says the pens have to serve a one game suspension for tanking to get high draft picks !

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    That is really disappointing. Crosby deserves to at least have one full season under his belt. The fact that he has not and still has all the accomplishments he has is very impressive.

    • c9castine - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      i really dont think anybody is gonna care one way or another about a couple games in a season…

      • killerpgh - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        Unless they paid good money to see Penguins play the Aves. But that really is a risk for any game.

    • sjsharks66 - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      I am sure a few games don’t bother players. Crosby seems like the type of guy that would like that have that accomplishment though. If I was a Pens fan ( like, real fan. Not just someone who enjoys watching and cheering for them in the east.) I would be okay with them resting Crosby. Especially if he has a minor injury.

    • smangold4 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      I’m more disappointed that I didn’t get to see him play! Pens only get to Colorado once a year so this would have been my first time to see him in person.

      • hawkeedawg - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:42 AM

        SMAN, Now you are a real sports fan. Not a fan of the opposing team but would love to see their star players play.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:03 AM

        He probably looks the same as other people at a game- like a little tiny dot when you look down and like he does on TV when you look up. Unless you had good seats ?

  3. bmscalise - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Injuries have taken an enormous toll on the Pens. Anyone who wants to pretend that the crazy number of injuries hasn’t exhausted this team or that they are an “excuse” is an idiot. This team has absolutely nothing to play for, and Sid already has the Hart, Lindsey, and Ross locked up. And it isn’t like this team will have a shot at a consistent line-up before the playoffs, given all the injuries. Bylsma is right to rest the most important players on a team that is physically and emotionally exhausted.

  4. billiam55 - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    gonna be an ugly night for the penguins

  5. sjsblitz - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    This was planned, they knew today was the last day of fantasy hockey playoffs

    • gallyhatch - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:36 PM


      I’m just glad I saw this in time to drop Kunitz & at least replace him with a guy who’ll be playing.

    • shortsxit34 - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      We only set our rosters once a week, so I couldn’t even replace him. Killed me!

  6. killerpgh - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Since Engelland and Jokinen were the only 2 starches from yesterday that can play today I wonder how will fill the other spots. WBS Penguins played yesterday and already this afternoon so unless they knew long before they tweeted that out at 3:12 it could be interesting how they fill out the roster.

  7. slaugin - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    My fantasy team needed Kunitz pretty bad in my final day, I’m tied 5-5 and my O stats are sooo close. Damn

  8. steelhammer92 - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    These guys were all Olympians.. They are obviously being rested.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      pretty much. this gives them a decent rest period until wednesday night. no point in playing them back to back road games especially after getting blown out and embarrassed so bad last night.

    • hawkeedawg - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:48 AM

      I can’t remember where I saw an interview with Crosby recently, but he said it would mean a lot to him to play all 82 games for once given his history of injuries.

      So no, they are not being rested.

  9. rushledger - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    He can’t play third line minutes? Garbage move

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