(87) had to be escorted off of the ice Saturday after taking a slap shot to the face. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
By Allan Muir
Memo to fantasy team owners of Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis: It's time to sell.
News broke this afternoon that their center, Sidney Crosby, is out indefinitely with a broken jaw.
The injury, caused by a Brooks Orpik slap shot gone astray early in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Islanders, threatens to sideline the league's leading scorer for the remainder of the regular season.
The Penguins revealed that Crosby, who leads the league in points (56) and is a favorite for the Hart Trophy, had surgery on his jaw on Saturday night. He had led Pittsburgh to the best record in the NHL, as well as a 15-game winning streak that will be put to the test Tuesday night against Buffalo
The team stated on its website that it would provide a timetable later this week, but historical evidence suggests this type of injury keeps a player out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks. Here's the story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette