Update: Sidney Crosby played vs. Detroit, assisting on David Perron's 3rd period goal.
Sidney Crosby will be a game-time decision today against the Red Wings, while Evgeni Malkin has a lower-body injury and will not play.
“’Geno’ won’t play today. I’m hoping ‘Sid’ will,” head coach Mike Johnston said.
Crosby was a last-minute scratch for yesterday’s game against Boston. He took warmups with the team and was expected to play, as the Pens submitted their official game roster with Crosby on it. But after warmups, Crosby wasn’t feeling well and went to see the team’s doctors.
“I was walking out to the bench for the start of the game and I was told Sid was seeing the doctors, wasn't feeling well after warmups," Johnston said. " He wasn’t feeling well, that’s the best way to describe it. It’s not an injury. He didn’t get himself injured in the warmup. He just wasn’t feeling well and went to see the doctor.
“I said well, let me know by the time the anthem is over if there is a chance he's going to play, because if there is a situation where he may not be able to play and they're going to keep him out for the game, I wanted to try and make a lineup change.”
That’s what the Pens did after it was determined Crosby wouldn’t be able to play. The Pens contacted the officials and replaced Crosby with Craig Adams, per Rule 7.1 – which states that a switch can be made after the official lineup is submitted as long as the referees approve. Today, Crosby will again take warmups and they’ll see how he feels afterward when determining whether or not he will be in the lineup against Detroit.
“They did some thorough checks on him yesterday as well as this morning, and then I’ve been told right now, he’ll be ready for warmup and we’ll just see sort of how it is after warmup,” Johnston said.
After losing Crosby, Malkin was hurt just 1:29 into the game vs. Boston after a collision in the offensive zone. He left the game, but returned around the 10-minute mark of the first period. And while he finished the frame, Malkin did not return for the start of the second period and missed the rest of the game with the undisclosed injury. As of now, Johnston doesn’t anticipate that Malkin’s injury will be long-term.
“We’ll know more probably in the next couple days,” Johnston said. “With injuries, those types of things, they settle down after a couple days and you get a real good read on where it will be.”