Sidney Crosby Injury: Pittsburgh's Depth Will Keep Penguins in First Place
Sidney Crosby lost numerous teeth. Having oral surgery.— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) March 30, 2013
As of Sunday, March 31, Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Penguins didn't have any update on Crosby's condition:
It's not yet known if Crosby's recent injury will keep him out of Pittsburgh's lineup for an extended period of time. With that said, general manager Ray Shero's recent move to acquire right winger Jarome Iginla will allow the Penguins to continue winning games, no matter how long Crosby is out.
Obviously, no one player can account for Crosby's contributions to Pittsburgh's offense. With 56 points, Crosby leads the league in scoring—10 points ahead of the next-best scorer, Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
No. 3 on that list, though, is Pittsburgh left winger Chris Kunitz, who has scored 44 points on 20 goals and 24 assists.
The overall depth that Shero has built into Pittsburgh's roster is the biggest reason the Penguins won't drop in the standings, though, no matter how long Crosby is out. Nine other players on the roster have scored 10 or more points this season.
Will Pittsburgh continue winning without Crosby?
Nobody can replace Crosby, but as a whole, this team has what it takes to continue winning without him. It's a luxury few teams can afford, but Pittsburgh won't feel any rush to return Crosby to the starting lineup.
This team is built for a deep playoff run. The smart move would be to give Crosby as much time as he needs to get healthy.
As long as he's ready for the playoffs, Pittsburgh will be one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2013.
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