Sidney Crosby Expected to Miss 6 Weeks Following Core Muscle Surgery

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 07: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on November 07, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Penguins defeated the Islanders 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders | Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Penguins got off to a reasonable start this NHL season, and currently sit fourth in the Metropolitan Division through 18 games. Unfortunately, they'll spend essentially the rest of calendar year 2019 without their franchise superstar.

The team announced Thursday morning via front office exec Jim Rutherford that Sidney Crosby has undergone core muscle surgery and will miss about six weeks.

To say that there's no replacing a guy like Sid the Kid is one of the truly monumental understatements imaginable by mortal beings. His 17 points on the season lead the Penguins.

Crosby had been dealing with a sports hernia injury since before the start of the regular season.

The injury forced Crosby out of Saturday's game against the Blackhawks in Pittsburgh, and he subsequently missed Tuesday's road loss to the Rangers. Now, guys like Kris Letang and Jake Guentzel will have to take on even bigger roles if the Pens are going to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.