WASHINGTON — Penguins star Sidney Crosby is expected to play Sunday night’s Pittsburgh game in Washington after he and three teammates were activated from the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list.
Coach Mike Sullivan, who also rejoined the Penguins on Sunday after leaving COVID-19 protocol, said all four of those players would be available.
The Penguins activated Crosby, as did defenders Brian Dumoulin, Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel. Pettersson and Ruhwedel left COVID-19 protocol earlier this week and played a game against Florida on Thursday, but were unable to compete with the Penguins in Ottawa on Saturday night due to Canada’s COVID-19 quarantine protocols.
“These guys clearly feel strong enough and healthy enough to play comfortably,” said Sullivan. “We’re excited to have them back in the lineup.”
Sullivan said he didn’t think he’d be able to coach in Montreal on Thursday night.
“I think I have to do the math with our medical staff,” he said. “I don’t know the technical details, the exact date, but I understand that I won’t be able to coach in Montreal.”
Sullivan also said he was unsure about Crosby and Dumoulin’s availability for that match.
Crosby and Dumoulin discussed the protocol on November 3. Sullivan joined them shortly after, part of an outbreak that saw eight Penguins and their coach missing out on time.
Sullivan said Dumoulin could do more than Crosby during his absence.
“His symptoms weren’t as severe as Sid’s,” Sullivan said. “Dumo had the chance to ride the bike a few times. Sid got better towards the end and was able to practice a bit.”
Crosby also missed the first seven games of the season after an offseason surgery. He only played one game in 2021-22.
The Penguins assigned forward Drew O’Connor, defenders PO Joseph and Juuso Riikola and goalkeeper Louis Domingue to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.