Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby did not participate in the team’s morning skate on Sunday and is now listed as day-to-day after suffering a lower-body injury.
Crosby has struggled to find his typical all-star form in 2015-16, registering only 6 goals and 16 assists through 32 games.
The Penguins (15-14-3) are mired in a five-game losing streak and currently sit in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.
For the first time in his life, Sidney Crosby is not performing at a point-per-game pace or better. As a result, the entire hockey world is starting to criticize him and maybe beginning to realize he is no longer the best player in the world. The fact that the Penguins are not in a playoff spot currently is, for me, the biggest surprise of the season. Like many others, I thought Pittsburgh enjoyed one of the best offseason’s in the NHL, acquiring several players including Phil Kessel. I thought going into this season that, without question, Pittsburgh would be a top contender; however, this is not the case.
When was the last time this team was a true contender?
If you would have asked me a decade ago how many Cups Pittsburgh would have in ten years, I would have quoted dynasty-style numbers. But the Pens have only reached two Stanley Cup Finals and have only won one Stanley Cup in Crosby’s career.
When Sidney Crosby sits 87th in league scoring, he is going to shoulder a lot of the blame. But I believe the problems in Pittsburgh go way beyond Sid…
However, it is nice to see hockey fans are starting to realize there are more options other than just Sidney Crosby to be considered for the title of “best hockey player in the world.”
Who knows, maybe this injury time off will allow Crosby to re-focus and get back to his All-Star ways. With that being said, a hockey player of Crosby’s caliber has to be judged on championships. He has one.
I think we all expected more from the Pittsburgh Penguins this season… I hate to say it, but the Penguins do not look to be going in the right direction at all.
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