Penguins captain Sidney Crosby won’t play on Tuesday night the team squares off with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but it appears he may be getting closer to getting back into the lineup.
This morning, Crosby had an individual on-ice workout, but joined the team for its optional skate after his own work.
After doing individual work this AM, Sidney Crosby is taking part in the Penguins optional morning skate.— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) October 26, 2021
Jarry, DeSmith, Boyle, Blueger, Simon, O'Connor, Lafferty, Bjorkqvist (recalled from WBS yesterday), Pettersson, Friedman, Ruhwedel and Riikola are also on the ice.
Crosby then worked on some battle drills, as well as working on faceoffs.
After doing some battle drills in the corner, Crosby worked on faceoffs with assistant coach Mike Vellucci.— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) October 26, 2021
Both of these things might indicate that Crosby is growing closer to returning to the lineup.
Mike Sullivan did, however, rule out that Crosby won’t play tonight. At this point, it seems Crosby is on a game-by-game basis, and one of these days soon, Sullivan is going to say that he is a game-time decision.
Sullivan also announced that Tristan Jarry will start in goal, and spoke more about Jeff Carter’s and Kris Letang’s respective statuses concerning COVID protocol.
Coach Sullivan on Carter and Letang: "Carts continues to be asymptomatic. Tanger is symptomatic. They're going through the COVID protocol. I don't know the specifics of it; our medical staff does. It's my understanding that Carts comes out of it at the end of the week."— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) October 26, 2021
Sullivan said that Carter remains asymptomatic and he expects him to be out of the protocol at the end of the week. Sullivan mentioned that Letang is symptomatic at this time. No update on when he might clear the protocol was given.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 at PPG Paints Arena. Earlier this month, on the league’s opening night, the Penguins defeated Tampa 6-2.