Penguins’ Crosby receives injection for lower-body injury
COLUMBUS — Penguins captain Sidney Crosby received an injection late Thursday to treat a lower-body injury he suffered during a Jan. 10 game at Montreal.
According to a team source, Crosby had hoped to simply rest the injury, but an MRI was performed, and team doctors deemed an injection — exactly what was injected is not known — to be the best treatment.
The Penguins said in a release issued Friday that Crosby will resume skating next Tuesday and could play again either Wednesday at Washington or Friday at New Jersey.
Per NHL rules, because he is sitting out the All-Star Game, he is not permitted to play in next Tuesday’s home game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Neither Crosby nor center Evgeni Malkin traveled to Columbus for the All-Star Game.
Malkin also is out with a lower-body injury, but a timetable for his return is not known.
Fleury gets picked
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury went to Team (Nick) Foligno in the ninth round. He was the fourth goaltender selected behind Chicago’s Corey Crawford, Montreal’s Carey Price and Florida’s Roberto Luongo.
“It was a little crazy, wondering what’s going to happen,” Fleury said. “But I thought it went well. It was a good time. We had some fun.”
Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been closely following how former linemate and teammate David Perron has fit into the Penguins’ plans.
He is not at all surprised that Perron, in eight games, leads all Penguins players with five goals and 37 shots.
“(Crosby) definitely knows how to give guys the puck in the right spots,” Nugent-Hopkins said.
“Perron is a guy, who if you give him a good opportunity, he’s going to put it in the net. He’s really fun to play with in that sense. He goes along with Crosby really well. Even (Evgeni) Malkin, if he plays with him, both of them know how to find guys in the right spot.”
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno has had an impressive season thus far, already equaling his career-high with 18 goals, but Foligno saved his best work for media day at Nationwide Arena.
“I’m sorry for everyone who has to see that,” Foligno cracked while staring up at an oversized image of himself used to promote the game.
Another Foligno gem: “The good part is I can’t screw this up,” used to describe Friday’s fantasy draft.