Sidney Crosby predicted to play with the Penguins against the Capitals

Sidney Crosby predicted to play with the Penguins against the Capitals

Washington Penguin star Sidney Crosby is expected to play Pittsburgh in Washington on Sunday night after he and three teammates were reactivated from the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol roster.

Those four players will be available, said coach Mike Sullivan, who also returned to the Penguins on Sunday after exiting the COVID-19 protocol.

The penguins activated Crosby, as did defenders Brian Dumoulin, Marcus Peterson and Chad Rohwedel. Pettersson and Ruhwedel actually exited the COVID-19 protocol earlier this week and played a game against Florida on Thursday, but were unable to join the Penguins in Ottawa for Saturday night’s game due to Canada’s COVID-19 quarantine protocols.

“Obviously these players feel strong enough and healthy enough to make them comfortable playing,” Sullivan said. “We’re excited to have them back in the squad.”

Sullivan said he does not think he will be able to train in Montreal on Thursday night.

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He said, “I think I should do the math with our medical staff. I don’t know the technicalities, the exact date, but I understand that I won’t be able to train in Montreal.”

Sullivan also said he wasn’t sure if Crosby and Dumoulin would be available for that game.

Crosby and Dumoulin entered into protocol on November 3. Sullivan joined them shortly afterwards, part of an outbreak in which eight penguins and their trainer lost time.

Sullivan said Dumoulin was able to do more than Crosby while out.

“His symptoms weren’t as severe as Sid’s,” Sullivan said. “Domo had a chance to ride a bike a few times. Sid eventually improved and was able to do some exercise.”

Crosby also missed the first seven games of the season after off-season surgery. He played only one game in 2021-22.

The Penguins have reassigned striker Drew O’Connor, PO defenders Joseph and Juso Ricola and goalkeeper Louis Doming to AHL’s Wilkes Barr/Scranton.

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