Friday December 12th, 2014

Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss Pittsburgh's next two games with an illness, the team announced Friday. The team said the decision to sit Crosby is a precautionary measure.

The team has not specified the nature of Crosby's illness.

Crosby's face was visibly swollen when he spoke with the media Friday. 

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Several NHL players have been diagnosed with the mumps this season, an outbreak believed to have originated in the locker room of either the Los Angeles Kings or Anaheim Ducks. Symptoms include swelling of the salivary glands. 

Crosby will miss Friday's game against the Flames and Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets.

- Dan Gartland

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