Penguins rule out Sidney Crosby for Saturday's game vs. Maple Leafs

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, left, is chased into the corner by Toronto Maple Leafs' Morgan Rielly. (Jon Blacker/CP)

Sidney Crosby won't be making his season debut when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Crosby has been working his way back from wrist surgery he had on Sept. 8, returning to the ice for practice on Oct. 9. Head coach Mike Sullivan said the Penguins captain still isn't ready for game action as he was not at practice on Friday as he continued to rehab off the ice.

Pittsburgh has been hit hard by injuries to Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust, while Jeff Carter has tested positive for COVID-19. Goaltender Tristan Jarry has also been placed in the NHL's protocols.

In 55 regular-season games last year, Crosby led the Penguins with 62 points, scoring 24 goals and assisting on 38 others. Crosby was held to one goal and one assist in Pittsburgh's six-game loss to the New York Islanders in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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