Crosby Making Progress But Still Out Of Lineup

The Penguins captain will miss his third straight game Monday when Buffalo comes to town

Andrew Limberg
November 19, 2018 - 1:52 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will sit out his third-straight game Monday evening when the Buffalo Sabres come to PPG Paints Arena.

Crosby skated alone early this morning and also joined in during the morning skate with his teammates but is still dealing with an upper body injury.

After Monday’s morning skate, Crosby said while he wants to be out there playing, he is happy with the progress he has made.

“Things are going in the right direction so I’m happy with the way I’m feeling,” said Crosby.

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Coach Mike Sullivan said after the skate that Crosby is making “significant progress.”

“(Crosby) participated in the practice . . . it was in a non-contact fashion. His status is day-to-day at this point,” said Sullivan.

The Penguins will start goalie Casey DeSmith over the struggling Matt Murray.

“We still believe in Matt Murray but we’ve also acknowledged some of his early season struggles and so we’re trying to work with him and help him in that capacity and in the meantime we’re trying to make decisions on a game to game basis that are going to help our team with,” said Coach Sullivan.

The Penguins and Sabres are two teams heading in different directions. The Pens have lost three in a row and Buffalo has won five straight. The Sabres are 9 points ahead of Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference.

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