DENVER – Sidney Crosby won’t play in 82 games this season.
Crosby and three other regulars – defensemen Brooks Orpik and Olli Maatta and left winger Chris Kunitz – will be held out of the Penguins’ game against Colorado tonight because of unspecified injuries.
Coach Dan Bylsma said none of them appears to be a long-term problem.
“They’re injuries that every one of the players has been playing with,” Bylsma said. “It wasn’t prudent to [have them play] in back-to-back games.”
Crosby had been hoping to play in all 82 regular-season games for the first time since entering the NHL in 2005.
“Every player offers resistance [to sitting],” Bylsma said. “Every player wants to play every game, be in every game.”
Forward Jussi Jokinen will return to the lineup tonight after sitting out the Penguins’ 4-0 loss in Minnesota Saturday, and forward Adam Payerl will make his NHL debut against the Avalanche.