«Oh no. Still another concussion?»
Virtually everyone watching was believing it in Game 3 when Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby tried to sit , a grimacing wince of pain on his head, after Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen cross-checked him at the head.
The fears were confirmed on Tuesday. Crosby endured his NHL career’s fourth concussion and it’ll leave him out of Game 4 Wednesday night.
Blow for the Pens. And for baseball fans.
«I think he’s the best there is due to everything he does for the players about him, which is the biggest thing about this harm. How does it impact the rest of the lineup?» Inquires NESN’s Mike Cole (@MikeColeNESN), that has witnessed plenty of Crosby up close while covering the Boston Bruins lately. «Jake Guentzel’s been awesome, but what will he be able to do without Crosby? He just makes everyone better.»
Can the Penguins win without two-time Hart Trophy winner and their very best player? And if so, how much is he worth to your chances?
The short reply to the first question is yes, the Penguins can acquire without Crosby. They have difficulty doing it against the Capitals.
Pittsburgh is 90-65 SU (58.1percent ) without Crosby from the lineup because 2006-07. However they are 0-5-2 with no in matches where Washington sniper Alex Ovechkin extended up against the Caps.
Later slating them Monday night oddsmakers have the Penguins as +105 underdogs. That suggests a movement. But is it sufficient?
«We’d ordinarily value Crosby about 20 cents on the moneyline,» says Derek from NHLTips (@NHLTips_ca), a hockey site that puts out solid puck gambling content. «He is obviously valuable, however, the Pens do not have to rely too much on him as the Oilers perform on McDavid or the Senators on Karlsson. We actually think this injury may open some great value on Pittsburgh.»
I agree there might be some value on Pittsburgh here. The Pens are at home and one could be stolen by Marc-Andre Fleury following some sensational play in Game 3. However, I think Crosby should be worth more — at 25 cents and up to 40 cents to the Pens lineup for Game 4 if you consider he’s not Pittsburgh’s only injury concern.
«The Penguins might be with no Conor Sheary,» Cole points out. «It feels like there ought to be a larger movement when you are down two-thirds of your top line.»
Keep a close watch on this line leading up to game time. Ahead of the puck drops Game 4 we could see much more motion.
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