Sidney Crosby Ruled Out for Game 6


It is being reported that Sidney Crosby was not on the ice for this morning's skate.  As the Pittsburgh Penguins took to the ice, the captain was absent, and remained absent for the whole team skate.  He was later ruled out by head coach Mike Sullivan for Game 6.  Sullivan did mention that Crosby skated on his own this morning with Ty Hennes, the Penguins skating and skills coach

Crosby was knocked out of the game by a dirty hit from New York Rangers' defenseman, Jacob Trouba.  Trouba skated directly up to Crosby and elbowed him right in the head.  He had attempted to take out Penguin forward Jake Guentzel with an elbow earlier in the game.

Of course, because the NHL is still decades behind other sports in players' safety there was no penalty called and Trouba was not punished in the least by the league.  It is a common theme for the NHL to lose their best players due to dirty hits and do nothing about it.  Maybe when Will Smith isn't busy slapping other actors, he can do a Concussion type movie for the NHL and get some actual changes made.  It worked for the NFL.  

Rickard Rakell has also been out since Game 1 due to a dirty hit, and while he skated, he was not on line rushes.  This is another indication that a player will not play that night.  However, he has been noted as a game-time decision.

Also, even though Tristan Jarry was on the ice again, Louis Domingue was the first goalie off the ice which typically indicates Domingue will be the starting goaltender again tonight for the Penguins.  In the same Sullivan press conference he did confirm, Jarry is ruled out tonight.