Sidney Crosby out Again: 5 Players Who Will Have to Step Up for the Penguins

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Sidney Crosby out Again: 5 Players Who Will Have to Step Up for the Penguins
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NHL.com is reporting that Pittsburgh Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby will be out for an undisclosed amount of time, due to concussion-like symptoms.

This is a blow to the Penguins team, who was just starting to grow accustomed to having the former first overall pick in the lineup.  Crosby played eight games for the Pens this year, first coming back in the lineup on November 21, a game against the New York Islanders, in which he got two goals and two assists.

Crosby was initially sitting out of two games, after he took a few bumps in a Dec. 5 home game against the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, particularly, an elbow delivered by Bruins' forward David Krejci.

It was reported that Crosby had suffered some headaches the following days, which led to his decision to sit out the following games.

He hasn't played since, taking the high road and waiting for his concussion symptoms to go away and return to the ice 100 percent.

"After talking with everyone, I just figured it was better to be cautious here and not take any chances," Crosby said in the NHL.com article . "That's kind of where I'm at right now."

Now that the captain is out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, the Penguins have some work to do.  Some guys have already stepped up quite a bit in Crosby's absence and some still have to fill the scoring void.

For those who have already stepped up, it's time to take it to the next level and get the Penguins as far as possible, without Sid the Kid.

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