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Crosby, Cooke Out Tonight vs. Montreal

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
MONTREAL, Canada -- The Penguins will battle the Montreal Canadiens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Bell Centre, but they'll do so without captain and NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby and winger Matt Cooke.

Crosby will miss the game due to an upper-body injury. Cooke will also not be in the lineup tonight for personal reasons. The Penguins will dress seven defensemen in the contest.

"Sidney Crosby will not be playing tonight," head coach Dan Bylsma said. "He's returned to Pittsburgh and is being evaluated by our doctors for an upper-body injury. Matt Cooke will also not be in the lineup. He returned to Pittsburgh with Crosby for personal issues that he has to attend to."

Bylsma doesn't think Crosby's injury is long term. Crosby suffered the injury Wednesday night against Tampa Bay.

"We knew at one point in the (Tampa) game last night and after the game, and waking up this morning we were seeing how he was reacting to his injury," Bylsma said. "When he woke up this morning we decided he was not going to play in the game tonight, and he'd be evaluated back in Pittsburgh.

"At this point we're making sure he's and ready and able to play when he does get back in there."

The Penguins will move Mark Letestu into Crosby's spot alongside Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. The line of Tyler Kennedy-Jordan Staal-Evgeni Malkin will remain in tact. The remaining five players will combine to form the final two lines.

Brent Johnson will be in goal for Pittsburgh.

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