With Mario Lemieux - the captain and the face of the franchise -
hospitalized after experiencing an irregular heartbeat, the
Penguins will try to concentrate on hockey when they host the
Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
The 40-year-old Lemieux, a Hall of Famer and part owner of the
club, was admitted to a hospital and monitored overnight
Wednesday. He is listed as day-to-day but will not be available
Lemieux's absence will not make things easier as Pittsburgh
attempts to snap a five-game losing streak that has dropped the
club into the Eastern Conference basement.
The Penguins have seen their sluggish offense bottom out,
scoring just nine goals during the slide. The last three
setbacks have come by just one goal, including Saturday's 3-2
loss to Calgary.
Rookie sensation Sidney Crosby scored his team-leading 13th goal
in the loss.
The Wild have not fared much better of late, going 0-2-2 in
their last four games while scoring just six times.
Pascal Dupuis was Minnesota's lone scorer in a 3-1 loss to the
New York Rangers on Monday, a decision that dropped the Wild to
0-2-1 on their current five-game road trip.