More injury news, which will have an impact on the NHL All-Star Game this weekend, as the Pittsburgh Penguins have pulled Sidney Crosby out of the game, thanks to a lower-body injury. Crosby played in the Penguins' final game before the break, Wednesday night against the Blackhawks, so by rule, Crosby will be forced to miss out on Tuesday night's game against the Jets or face suspension from the league. The team made a mention that Crosby has been playing with an injury of late and could use the week off to heal whatever it is that ails him. He'll be on the list as out day-to-day.
This leaves Stuart with only one All-Star left on his roster, Roberto Luongo, who only has a limited chance at points in the game, only tabbed to play in one period in the game.
The All-Star weekend is also a good chance for some guys to get some extra ice-time in the AHL and that is what the San Jose Sharks are going to do with sophomore forward Tomas Hertl, as he was sent down, not worrying about having to pass through waivers to do so. There is every expectation that the Sharks will give him the call-up, when the moratorium is lifted on practicing and team activities, which happens on Monday morning.
This is more of an FYI, just in case you saw Hertl's name in the news this morning. Stacey M. doesn't really have anything to worry about here, as Hertl has appeared in all 48 games for the Sharks this season, picking up 17 points.
An updated list of injuries can be found here.