PITTSBURGH -- John Tortorella and Mike Sullivan, two very good friends and longtime coworkers, will be without their captains tonight.
Nick Foligno and Sidney Crosby are out tonight when the Blue Jackets and Penguins meet at CONSOL Energy Center. Both absences were confirmed by their respective head coaches this morning.
Both the Blue Jackets and Penguins may be without their respective captains for Monday’s clash at CONSOL Energy Center.
Nick Foligno did not practice on Sunday afternoon at Nationwide Arena and is considered questionable. On the Penguins side, Sidney Crosby was absent from their Sunday skate and coach Mike Sullivan told reporters that Crosby is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
Sullivan added that Crosby suffered the injury during the third period of Pittsburgh’s 2-1 loss to Carolina on Saturday night, while Tortorella told media Foligno was “nicked up” during Saturday’s game against the Flyers.
The latest installment of this budding Metropolitan Division rivalry has plenty of stuff going on, beginning with the Blue Jackets and their continued search for consistency. They’ve placed an emphasis on their final three games before the Christmas break – the third and final coming in Pittsburgh – and with wins in their first two, this game on Monday presents an opportunity to go into the break with a good feeling.
As Brandon Dubinsky said after Saturday’s shootout win over the Flyers, the “ham, turkey, tenderloin or whatever you like will taste a lot better if we get points (on Monday).”
- The Blue Jackets brought three goaltenders with them to Pittsburgh, but obviously, only two of them will dress for Monday’s game. Sergei Bobrovsky continues to progress toward a return, but there’s no indication yet of his status for the game in Pittsburgh.
Bobrovsky practiced again with the team on Sunday and appeared to be full-go, taking regular reps and staying on for the full skate. Perhaps something to consider: the Blue Jackets’ next game is Dec. 26 in Tampa, so they may opt to give Bobrovsky a few days of rest, but we’ll know more tomorrow.
- Rene Bourque is healthy (activated off IR on Saturday) and is with the team in Pittsburgh.
- Following Monday’s game, many of the Blue Jackets are scattering to a number of different locations to spend time with family during the holiday. Some aren’t taking the team flight back to Columbus, and instead, flying to their next destination out of Pittsburgh.
Blue Jackets Air may be a bit lighter for its first post-Christmas flight, with a number of players meeting the team in Tampa following their Christmas festivities. We’ll have more on players’ holiday plans on BlueJackets.com later this week.