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Morning Skate Update: 2/27

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss his second straight game with a groin injury in Pittsburgh's matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Crosby, who missed the Penguins' 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders Wednesday, tested the groin for an extended period at the team's morning skate but determined that he wasn't ready to play.

Crosby initially suffered the groin injury last Sunday in Washington. He participated in a full practice Monday but soreness forced him to leave practice early on Tuesday and Wednesday. Crosby sat out Thursday's practice to rest his groin.

It will mark the third game this season that Crosby has missed. A knee injury sidelined him for the Jan. 16 game against Anaheim.

The line combinations for the morning skate were: Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Ruslan Fedotenko; Miroslav Satan-Evgeni Malkin-Petr Sykora; Matt Cooke-Jordan Staal-Tyler Kennedy; Tim Wallace-Maxime Talbot-Eric Godard.

Pascal Dupuis or Bill Thomas will replace Crosby in the lineup but the new combinations are not yet clear.
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