Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against the Blackhawks with a groin issue that escalated during the morning skate. Crosby said the injury has been lingering for a while, but had scored 11 points in his last three games.
The last time Crosby faced the Blackhawks was in the 2006-07 season. In two career games against Chicago, Crosby has two assists.
Both the Blackhawks and Penguins enter Saturday night’s game in first place in their respective divisions. The Penguins, where current Blackhawks’ wing Marian Hossa was a Stanley Cup runner-up after the 2007-08 season, defeated Hossa and the Detroit Red Wings in last year’s Cup Finals.