Penguins' Sidney Crosby evaluated for upper-body injury

Pittsburgh’s problems are incessant this season.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is being evaluated for an upper-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan announced Wednesday.

It’s unclear when Crosby was hurt, though it’s possible he suffered the injury in Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Devils. He was held out of practice Wednesday and his status for the team’s next game remains unknown.

Crosby is tied with Phil Kessel with a team-high eight goals this season and his 19 points are second-most on the club behind Evgeni Malkin’s 21.

News of Crosby’s setback comes after the Penguins acquired forward Tanner Pearson from the Kings in a trade for fellow forward Carl Hagelin earlier Wednesday.

The Penguins (7-6-3) have gone 1-5-1 in their past seven games but will look to get back on track when they host the Lightning (12-5-1) at 7 p.m. ET Thursday.