skated at the Penguins optional morning skate on Saturday and will be in the line-up for the match-up with the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum at 7 p.m.
Crosby left practice early on Friday with an undisclosed injury. There was some uncertainty on his playing status as a result, but he will play against the Islanders.
Crosby initially suffered the injury against the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 30. Despite the injury, he hasn't missed a game this season. Evgeni Malkin
and Petr Sykora were the only Penguins not to participate in the optional morning skate.
Goaltender Dany Sabourin will make his third start of the season in goal for Pittsburgh. All of his starts this season have occurred on the road. >
Defenseman Ryan Whitney skated with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar before Penguins practice on Friday. Whitney continues his rehab from offseason foot surgery.
He has been skating for a few days and hasn't had any setbacks. There is no set date for his return.>
It’s an elite club of people who have their named attached with the words “most in NHL history.” However, Penguins forward Petr Sykora prefers to be no longer a member.
Sykora had registered 36 two-goal games in his NHL career heading into Pittsburgh’s matchup against Edmonton on Thursday night, the most ever by an NHL player without scoring three in a game.
He had another opportunity to break the distinction after netting two goals against the Oilers. However, he came up short again and had to settle for his 37th career two-goal game.
“I don’t care anymore,” Sykora said of not landing the elusive hat trick. “I’ve got a beautiful son, that’s all that matters.”
Sykora wasn’t the only Penguin who had a chance to record Pittsburgh’s first hat trick of the season. Miroslav Satan has recorded seven hat tricks in his career. His last three-goal effort, ironically, was on Feb. 4, 2006, against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena. But like Sykora, he too came up one goal short.
“Both of us had some chances and it just wasn’t meant to be,” Satan said. >
Satan is off to one of the best starts in his career with a team-leading eight goals through 13 games, including four power-play goals. Satan admitted that he normally has a slow start but finishes strong.
"It's usually the other way around," Satan said.
He is currently riding a three-game goal scoring streak into Long Island, where he played the past three seasons.
“I know most of the team,” Satan said. “I’ve had this happen before where I played against my former team so I don’t think it’s going to be something new for me.”
Satan’s departure was a mutual agreement with both sides heading in different directions.
“They decided that they’re going to go with young guys and rebuild," Satan said. "I’d rather be on a team that has a chance to win.”