Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not play Saturday night in a showdown with the Chicago Blackhawks due to a groin injury.
"My groin is bothering me a bit," Crosby said. "I won't be playing tonight. It's something that's been bothering me for three or four days and I'm going to sit this one out.
"When it's getting worse each day, it's not a good sign. I've missed periods of time over the last few years with groin (injuries) and I kind of know when it's time to take a step back and make sure that I'm careful. I feel like I'm at that point."
While Crosby is out tonight, his status for Pittsburgh's next game - Monday vs. the Carolina Hurricanes - is unknown. He will handle the injury on a day-to-day basis.
"I have hurt my groin before where I’ve felt like it was going to be a couple weeks," he said. "I feel like this is going to be day-to-day if I handle it right and I heal the way that I hope to. That is basically it. You take it day-by-day and hope it feels better."
Crosby said the injury had bothered him the last few days but became progressively worse.
"The last game it was pretty sore. I practiced (Friday) and it didn’t feel very good at all. (Saturday) it was probably just as bad so it is something that I wasn’t able to shake it off."