Nine of the worst words assembled in the English language today were uttered by coach Mike Sullivan.
Coach Sullivan: “Sid is being evaluated for an upper-body injury.”— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 14, 2018
Obviously an “upper body injury” could mean just about anything, but when it’s Sidney Crosby is only really means is it a concussion or not? And as of yet, we wait and see.
I did recall at one point of the game last night (forget when of course) it looked liked Crosby got hit and his head/neck kinda whipped around a bit. But he showed no sign of looking dazed (unlike other previous head/neck injuries) and I’m always a bit paranoid and cautious about over-analyzing any little thing that happens to #87 in that regard, so who knows. Crosby, for what it’s worth, appeared to miss no time at any point of the game and finished the contest without apparent issue. So hopefully isn’t the event that triggered this, but it’s a bad feeling to see the star having some sort of issue at the moment.
Other Sullivan notes from talking after practice:
- On the status of newly acquired forward Tanner Pearson: “I would anticipate him being available” for tomorrow’s game against Tampa
- His scouting report on Pearson: “He’s a very good player. I think he’s a guy that can help us offensively. He has the ability to play with some of our top people. He’s a decent skater so we think he can play the type of game we’re trying to play.”
- And on the trade in general: “It should be a wake-up call to all of us that we’ve got to find some consistency in our game. And if we don’t then change is inevitable. That’s just the reality of our business.”
Here’s how the Penguins looked in practice:
#Pens lines and D-pairs:— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) November 14, 2018
Recchi filling in for Crosby between Rust and Simon
Riikola going with Gonchar
Perhaps, if you’re reading between lines, it’s a good thing that assistant coach Mark Recchi was filling in for Crosby and not a total shakeup of the lines? That sort of hints towards maybe good news forthcoming on Crosby’s status, but by no means are lines in practice really a 100% indicator of what is happening, and information from before practice to now could have already changed. So now we wait for more news.