Detroit Visits Sid-Less Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will not play Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings due to a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms.

Crosby, who missed nearly ten months because of a concussion, returned a few weeks ago and was playing excellent hockey, until a couple of collisions made the Penguins take him out of the line-up as a precaution for two games, but now that has changed to an indefinite time frame.

Jordan Staal might also sit for the Pens as well.

Detroit will have Jimmy Howard in net tomorrow at the Consol Energy Center. Detroit has lost its past two games against the Penguins, with the last win coming two years ago in Hockeytown, a 3-1 win which saw Crosby face-washed by Howard at the final horn.

On the injury front for the Red Wings, forward Jan Mursak is getting closer to making is season debut and will likely begin his conditioning stint with Grand Rapids in a week and a half. Patrick Eaves is still out with a broken jaw, so no one will have to be sent down when Mursak returns.

Two of the most disappointing Wings this season have been Todd Bertuzzi and Jiri Hudler, but both have seemed to come on as of late, with Bertuzzi scoring twice this week and Hudler picking up four goals in three games. Valtteri Filppula continues to shine playing the wing against as a centerman, and Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have also started producing points. Zetterberg needs to start taking control of games more often like he used to.

The Wings battle the Pens on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, and even without Crosby, the night will probably be filled with a lot of hits, hate and saves. 

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Kyle Busch