Even for hockey’s “shrouding everything in mystery” standards, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ reluctance to admit that Sidney Crosby has the mumps has been pretty odd. They confirmed as much today, shortly after TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported it as such.
Maybe most importantly, the team revealed that his “infectious period” will end on Monday, although he won’t play against the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow anyway.
As PHT noted earlier this week, it was hard to think of anything else upon seeing Crosby’s face:
One interesting tidbit to add:
The real question is: who’s next in “The Year of the Mumps?”
Read more about it here.
Mumps or not, it doesn’t sound like Sidney Crosby will be out much longer for the Pittsburgh Penguins, even if he’s missing tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The same cannot be said for defenseman Olli Maatta, however.
The Penguins released two updates regarding the 20-year-old blueliner on Saturday, noting that he’s still undergoing testing and seeking a second opinion on an upper-body injury that has him on IR. He could be out “weeks.”
It’s been a trying season for Maatta, to say the least.
He had a cancerous tumor removed via surgery earlier this season and managed to come back much earlier than expected. He then got injured once again last weekend, leaving many worried about his outlook for at least the short-term future.
The waiting game also continues with Crosby, as the team didn’t provide an update (aside from there being no update).
With Kris Letang and Patric Hornqvist back in the mix, the Penguins are getting healthier. That doesn’t mean they’re at full strength yet, though.
Calgary Flames defenseman Ladislav Smid left Friday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with what the Calgary Herald reported as an upper-body injury.
Smid took a high and devastating hit from Penguins defenseman Simon Despres in the second period and did not return. Below is a GIF of the hit, courtesy @myregularface.
There was no penalty called on Despres. Now, will the league see it differently and issue supplemental discipline? There hadn’t been an announcement from the league’s Department of Player Safety.
“It looked like a forearm or something to the head,” Flames star defenseman Mark Giordano told the Calgary Herald. “It all depends on how the league sees it.”
Meanwhile, the once red-hot Flames have now lost four in a row, after getting defeated 3-1 by the Penguins, who were without their star Sidney Crosby, as he’s held out of the lineup for at least one more game for precautionary reasons.
The Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t saying Sidney Crosby has the mumps, but they’re going to hold him out of the next two games anyway.
“There is no indication at this time that this is the mumps, but we are going to hold him out as a precaution,” GM Jim Rutherford said. “We’ll have additional test results in a few days.”
According to the club, medical specialists made the recommendation based on test results that came back today.
This morning, Crosby appeared to have swelling on the right side of his face, his appearance leading many to wonder if he had the mumps.
Crosby missed practice yesterday due to an unspecified illness. He’ll now miss tonight’s home game versus Calgary as well as tomorrow’s contest in Columbus.
Related: ‘Rampant’ mumps outbreak ‘absolutely’ a concern
Sidney Crosby is “feeling a bit better” and “happy to be back” after missing practice yesterday due to an unspecified illness.
But, uh, not sure how to put this, but does the right side of Sid’s face look a little mumps-ish to you?
Crosby says he expects to play tonight when his Pittsburgh Penguins host Calgary. Though we’re thinking he should probably have his own water bottle, just to be safe.
What with the “rampant” mumps outbreak and all.