Lemieux to miss another game
The team's player/owner is still suffering from a stomach virus.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Penguins' player/owner Mario Lemieux will miss his second consecutive game tonight when Pittsburgh plays host to the Buffalo Sabres.
The team has said Lemieux is ailing with the same stomach virus that it said caused him to miss a game Nov. 16 in Philadelphia.
"He's feeling a little better," Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said. "Right now, he's day to day. I don't think we can [look] any farther than that. But we will see how he is [today] and hopefully he'll be feeling better."
Came back for three games
Lemieux, 40, came back after missing the game in Philadelphia to play in the team's next three contests, posting one assist as the Penguins went 1-2. He sat out Sunday's game in Tampa Bay -- a 4-1 Pittsburgh loss. Lemieux did not practice with the team Monday and was not available for comment.
"I just know he had a stomach virus or flu symptoms last week and sometimes those things stick with you," Olczyk said, "and when you try to work through them and play at the level that he expects to play at, sometimes you don't let yourself get back [to being] completely healthy."
Already inducted into the Hall of Fame after an initial retirement in 1997, Lemieux has a long history of health problems, specifically in his back, hip and a bout with Hodgkin's Disease in 1993. He has not played more than 76 games in a season since 1996-97 and has played more than 43 only once since coming out of retirement in middle of the 2000-01 season.
Struggling this season
Lemieux has been shut out in 12 of 22 games this season and has only one goal and one assist in his last seven games. Lemieux's minus-16 rating is second-worst on the team and only six of his points have come at even strength.
Still, Lemieux is averaging nearly a point per game with seven goals and 13 assists in 22 contests.
Rookie center Sidney Crosby, the No. 1 overall draft pick, said the captain was growing frustrated by the team's poor record. The Penguins were 7-11-6 and in 13th place in the Eastern Conference heading into Monday night's games.
Lemieux "is the same as anyone else," Crosby said. "We all want to win."
Crosby misses practice
Meanwhile, Crosby also missed practice Monday as he recovers from a bruised left foot suffered when he blocked a shot Friday night in Florida.
Crosby was shut out Sunday, but he said the foot did not bother him much in the first and third periods of the game. Crosby, who wore extra padding in his skate Sunday, said the foot was healing and that there is no chance of injuring it further.
"I'm just taking care of it," Crosby said. "I talked with the coaches and [we decided] to take the day off, get a little break and make sure I'm ready."