Crosby could miss more time
And he'll be missed in Pittsburgh
Crosby injured his right ankle during the Penguins' 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday and is expected to be out at least a month and possibly longer. Because there is swelling in his ankle, Crosby won't be re-examined by team doctors until Tuesday.
That would keep him out for longer, and it's not out of the question we don't see him again at all this season.
Again, we don't really know anything until tomorrow. (Other than the fact he's not repeating as league MVP.)
Despite the fact he faces top checkers every game of the season, Crosby is the Penguins' offence. When he's on the ice at even strength, the team scores at a rate of 3.95 goals per 60 minutes, eighth best in the league. When he's not, their goal-scoring rate falls to 1.57 per 60 mins.
The Penguins have other weapons, and they're going to have to step up, but almost as much as anyone in the league, Crosby's the one making things happen in Pittsburgh.
A look at the top players at improving their teams' offence when they're on the ice at even strength:
Pittsburgh won 2-0 on Saturday with out him, and things are going to be tight until he comes back. Just watch the goals for decline.
And, as Eric Duhatschek says, we'll certainly see what Evgeni Malkin's made of now.