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Crosby out for Penguins, 'still running tests'

by Craig Merz

COLUMBUS -- Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston said there is no update whether center Sidney Crosby has the mumps.

Crosby did not play on Friday in a win against the Calgary Flames and will not play against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Nationwide Arena on Saturday.

Sidney Crosby
Center - PIT
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 26 | PTS: 35
SOG: 78 | +/-: 9
Johnston addressed the media prior to the game in Columbus and said the Penguins didn’t second guess themselves for allowing Crosby to go to Consol Energy Center on Friday morning despite swollen cheeks and not feeling well.

"Nobody thought he had the mumps," Johnston. "(The doctors) run their tests and didn’t feel he did, so he was cleared to come to the rink. After that, they decided to take more precautions. Because of the mumps scare and the concern for that, everybody is taking an extra step."

The Penguins placed defenseman Olli Maatta on injured reserve for an undisclosed injury after missing the past two games.

"They’re still running tests on him as well and trying to get a second opinion," Johnston said. "With with the injury, IR indicates he’s going to be out a couple of weeks while they’re running their tests and figuring out where they are going to go with it."

Johnson said last week that Maatta's absence from the lineup was not related to his undergoing surgery Nov. 4 to remove a cancerous tumor from his neck. Maatta missed six games post-surgery.

Johnston confirmed forwards Bobby Farnham and Bryan Rust will each make their NHL debut after being called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Saturday. Forward Jayson Megna was sent to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and forward Zach Sill was injured Friday.

"Certainly Farnham brings a lot of energy," Johnston said. "He’s a hard forechecking, hard skating kind of guy. Rust is a guy than can be a complimentary player on a couple of different lines. He’s got good hands, good intelligence while he’s on the ice, so we can move him in and out."

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