Penguins center and captain Sidney Crosby will sit out tonight's game against the New York Islanders because of a sore groin.
Crosby left the morning skate today at Mellon Arena after eight minutes, a day after he practiced for just 15 minutes. He said he began to feel discomfort Sunday during a 5-2 loss at Washington. He deemed himself day to day.
He has missed just one other game this season, Jan. 16 against Anaheim, because of illness.
Also out tonight is defenseman Ryan Whitney, who returned home to Boston because of a family matter. He could return in time for the Penguins' game Friday in Chicago, the start of a five-game road trip. His spot in the lineup will be taken by Kris Letang, a healthy scratch the past three games.
The Penguins this afternoon recalled Finnish forward Janne Pesonon from their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farm team. He has no points in seven games over six stints with the Penguins this season, but is second in Wilkes-Barre with 49 points.