With an eye toward being as healthy as he can be for the playoffs, Penguins center and captain Sidney Crosby will sit out at least the next three games because of lingering soreness in his right ankle.
"I'm just going to take a week here to give it more time to rest," Crosby said today after he sat out practice at Southpointe. "It's just one of those nagging things. I know what's coming up in the future, and I want to make sure I give it the best possible chance to be strong."
Crosby sustained a high ankle sprain Jan. 18 when he went feet-first into the boards at Mellon Arena. He missed 21 games before returning March 4. Following his third game back Sunday at Washington, he experienced an increase in pain, swelling and weakness in the ankle and skipped Wednesday's game against Buffalo.
He had hoped to return Sunday for a nationally televised afternoon game against Philadelphia, but now will miss that game, a road game Tuesday against the New York Rangers and a home game Thursday against Tampa Bay.
The Penguins have 11 regular-season games remaining with the playoffs scheduled to start April 9 or 10.
"Hopefully, we're going to have a good playoff run, so we're just trying to make sure we give it the best possible chance" to be sound, Crosby said of the ankle.