Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
confirmed after the team's Friday morning skate that he will not play in Pittsburgh's game against the Anaheim Ducks at Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m.
"I don't feel comfortable enough to play," Crosby said. "It didn't feel good. That was the first time I skated since it happened. No go."
"He's not going to play tonight," head coach Michel Therrien said. "He tried this morning. He's just not healthy enough to play."
Crosby suffered a lower-body injury after colliding with Washington's David Steckel along the boards in the final minutes of Pittsburgh's 6-3 loss to the Capitals Wednesday. He is listed as day-to-day.
Crosby fell awkwardly to the ice after the collision. He hobbled to the bench with the aid of an NHL linesman. At the first stop in play, Crosby went to the Penguins locker room and didn't return to the game.
Crosby will skate Saturday and hasn't ruled out playing in Pittsburgh's afternoon matchup with the New York Rangers on Sunday.
"I'm going to try tomorrow and try every day," Crosby said. >
The injury news went from bad to worse as Therrien also noted that forward Maxime Talbot and defensemen Rob Scuderi and Kris Letang
will also not play against the Ducks.
"Letang's not going to play; he tried this morning and doesn't feel comfortable," Therrien said. "Talbot's not going to play. Scuderi's eye is still not good enough. So we're missing four guys from last game."
Pittsburgh will also be without forward Pascal Dupuis
, who has miss his fifth straight game. Dupuis did participate in the morning skate and is hoping to return before the all-star break. >
For the Penguins, the injuries just keep mounting. Including Friday's game, Pittsburgh has suffered a total of 185 man games lost to injury.
"It gives opportunities to different players to bring energy; that's the way I see it," Therrien said. "It's nothing new for us. We've been battling injuries through the course of the season. We're trying to hang in there. We faced the same thing last year too. It's another chapter, another challenge."
The Penguins suffered through injuries at an alarming rate last season, losing 280 man games. But at the team's current pace this season, the Penguins will shatter that number with a 330 mark.
"It's not easy but that's the situation we're faced with," Crosby said. "We have to find a way to still be successful even through it all."