Turns out Sidney Crosby won't play with a swollen face after all. Per the team:
Crosby has not been feeling well. Medical specialists made the recommendation after further test results came back today.
"There is no indication at this time that this is the mumps, but we are going to hold him out as a precaution," Rutherford said. "We'll have additional test results in a few days."
The Penguins host Calgary tonight and play at Columbus Saturday.
That's probably for the best, since his face looks like this:
Obviously a player just can't play in that sort of condition, so the Penguins are doing the cautious and right thing to hold him out. Crosby participated in the morning skate and talked to the media this morning (this picture comes from the scrum he did after) and wanted to play.
For his own good, he shouldn't.
Patric Hornqvist who has missed the past two games with an undisclosed maybe-possible-could-be concussion is expected to be back in the lineup, so the team does have 12 healthy forwards without Crosby. Our best guess at the best/most likely lines that they could use:
Good luck, Evgeni Malkin .