One Piece of Good News and Two Pieces of Bad News for Penguins Fans

Matt HunterCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2009

First the bad news for you Penguin fans.  Sidney Crosby had to leave practice early today, according to team officials, with a sore groin.  Now, they do say he is probable to play tomorrow night against the Islanders, but an injury right now is the worst possible thing for the Penguins and Crosby himself.

If Crosby can just rest and take it easy he should be OK to play tomorrow night.  Let's just hope that he does not aggravate it during the game, and sidelines himself for a long period of time.

The second piece of bad news for Wednesdays game.  Marc-Andre Fleury will be back between the pipes.  This will be his 16th game out of the last 17 that he will play in I believe, and he is coming some terrible play.

If I were coach Dan Bylsma I would sit Fleury for a few games and let him collect himself and get mentally ready for the final push to the playoffs.  The Penguins gave up a lot for goaltender Matheiu Garon, so why not let him earn his paycheck and give him a couple of games.  Even let the young John Curry play a game or two.

Just do not let Fleury back in the net right now. He is in no condition to be playing right now, and for some reason the coaching staff cannot see this.

Now to the good news.  Kris Letang will be back in the lineup for the Pens on Wednesday night.  I am not sure whose spot he will be taking, hopefully Eaton or Gill, but whoever it is it will be good to see him back on the ice. 

Bylsma now has to get rid of a second defenseman and call up Alex Goligoski and then things would be set.  Mark Eaton and/or Hal Gill are terrible and I think that Goligoski and Letang deserve a spot in front of either of those two.

Well I wish there could have been more better news and less bad news, but you gotta go with what you got, and that is what the Pens are going to have to do tomorrow night against the New York Islanders. 

Maybe they can get an easy win tomorrow night against a team that they should beat easily.  For the Penguins though no team or game is an easy win.