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Sidney Crosby added to NHL’s COVID-19 protocol

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The Penguins captain will not be available for tonight’s game against the Flyers.

NHL: FEB 28 Penguins at Islanders Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

When the Penguins take the ice against the Flyers tonight at PPG Paints Arena, they will be without the services of captain Sidney Crosby.

Crosby has been added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan provided the information to the public on Tuesday morning, saying that “Sid will not be available for tonight’s game. He will be listed on the NHL’s COVID protocol list. We didn’t have a morning skate this morning due to the NHL’s COVID protocol.”

It’s unclear if Crosby has tested positive for COVID-19 or if his addition to the protocol is a due to a close contact or contact tracing issue.

Sullivan did elaborate a bit on that topic, saying:

“The other thing I would say is just because someone is on the COVID protocol list doesn’t necessarily mean that they have COVID. There’s protocols put in place for a reason, and we will do our very best to adhere to them.”

The Penguins and Flyers will face off tonight at PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 p.m.