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Penguins' Sidney Crosby sidelined with lower-body injury

Monday, December 21, 2015 10:14:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

Just when it looked like things couldn't get worse for the Pittsburgh Penguins, they did. How much worse isn't yet known as head coach Mike Sullivan announced that Sidney Crosby has a lower body injury. According to Sullivan, Crosby is listed day to day for now.

Crosby missed the team's Sunday morning practice following yet another disappointing loss. The Pens are currently 0-4-0 since Sullivan replaced Mike Johnston, who was fired last weekend. They've also lost nine of their last 11 games and have struggled mightily when it comes to scoring goals.

The Penguins captain has been right there with everybody else on the team, with the exception of Evgeni Malkin, when it comes to struggling offensively. Crosby has 22 points in 32 games so far, which is a respectable total, but not for one of the guys considered to be among the game's best players. The 28-year-old has never finished a season with a points-per-game total below 1.09. This year, he is averaging 0.69 points per game. It's been a struggle for one of the game's elite talents.

Now we'll have to wait and see how serious this injury. The Pens are already without Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury for the time being as well. The good news is that they only have one game before an extended Christmas break. After the Penguins take on the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday, they'll be off for the next five days before traveling to take on the Minnesota Wild. There's some time to get their key players healthy again.

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