Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will sit out tonight's game against Buffalo at Mellon Arena because of a sore right ankle.
Crosby, who missed 21 games with a high ankle sprain but had returned for the past three, decided during the team's morning skate that he should rest tonight.
"It's pretty sore," he said. "It's going to drag on a bit. We have a few more days before the next game. If I have to give it some time, I guess this is the best time."
Crosby hopes to return for the Penguins' next game, Sunday in a nationally televised home game against Philadelphia. He said he did not reinjure the ankle during a 4-2 win Sunday at Washington.
"No, but that game was pretty physical," he said. "It's just a combination of that and just being sore the last couple days."
He added that he doesn't think he came back too soon from the injury.
"No. Not at all," Crosby said.
Meanwhile, Penguins winger Petr Sykora, who had been doubtful because of a sore back, participated in the morning skate and said afterward he expects to play tonight.
Crosby isn't the only player who learned today that he will sit out the game.
Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters will miss it after receiving a one-game suspension for an incident during Buffalo's 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers Monday.
Peters took a swing at his Rangers counterpart, Colton Orr, while standing on the bench, and was assessed a 10-minute misconduct at the time. The league office subsequently reviewed the incident, and handed down the suspension this morning.