PENGUINS (10-6-1) at RANGERS (7-6-2)
7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV
Sidney Crosby will miss his first game of the season when the Pittsburgh Penguins play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
The center and Pittsburgh's leading scorer with 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) is out with a lower-body injury sustained in the third period of a 3-2 shootout win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. He did not travel with the Penguins.
Pittsburgh, which has won back-to-back games and is 4-1-1 since Oct. 26, also is missing defenseman Kris Letang and forward Patric Hornqvist, both out with lower-body injuries.
The Rangers are 4-1-1 in their past six games, all without center Mika Zibanejad, who will miss his seventh consecutive game with an upper-body injury.
Players to watch
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has points in three straight games (one goal, four assists). He has 160 points (66 goals, 94 assists) in 120 games played without Crosby in the lineup.
Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has points in eight straight games (four goals, eight assists).
They said it
"He's our captain, our leader and everyone looks up to him. He leads by example with his play, so it's never easy when he's out, but it's got to be a team effort for everyone to step up and chip in in his absence. Hopefully he's not out too long." -- Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz on Sidney Crosby
"We've gotten some great goaltending through the stretch and we've been opportunistic on the power play. We've played some really good teams too. We've played some really good teams in the stretch we've gotten points in five of the last six. That being said, I'm dying for [Zibanejad] to come back." -- Rangers coach David Quinn
Penguins projected lineup
Dominik Simon -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust
Alex Galchenyuk -- Jared McCann -- Jake Guentzel
Dominik Kahun -- Nick Bjugstad -- Sam Lafferty
Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev
Brian Dumoulin -- John Marino
Marcus Pettersson -- Justin Schultz
Jack Johnson -- Juuso Riikola
Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel
Injured: Sidney Crosby (lower body), Kris Letang (lower body), Patric Hornqvist (lower body)
Rangers projected lineup
Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast
Chris Kreider -- Filip Chytil -- Pavel Buchnevich
Brendan Lemieux -- Brett Howden -- Kaapo Kakko
Greg McKegg -- Lias Andersson -- Brendan Smith
Libor Hajek -- Jacob Trouba
Brady Skjei -- Tony DeAngelo
Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox
Scratched: Micheal Haley
Injured: Mika Zibanejad (upper body), Marc Staal (ankle)
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan wouldn't confirm if Crosby will miss the game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday. … Zibanejad isn't expected to play the rest of this week either, when New York plays at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday and Florida Panthers on Saturday.
The Penguins are 0-for-25 on the power play in 11 games since Oct. 16. They also are 24-for-26 on the penalty kill (92.3 percent) in that same span. … Panarin leads the Rangers with 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) and has been on the ice for 28 of their 51 goals.