PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby has spent the last two weeks the same way many of us have. The Penguins captain is hunkered down at his home in Pittsburgh, where he's getting his daily sweat in by taking a spin on his stationary bike and passing time by watching a Formula 1 docuseries on Netflix.
"I've been glued to that show," Crosby said.
On Thursday afternoon, Crosby took a break from the bike and the binge-watching to participate in a video conference, along with Metropolitan division rivals Marc Staal from the New York Rangers, Jordan Staal from the Carolina Hurricanes and Claude Giroux from the Philadelphia Flyers. In his first comments since the COVID-19 pandemic suspended the season on March 12, Crosby said he's staying patient and following the recommendations from medical professionals and the NHL.
"It's not like anything I've ever experienced before," Crosby said. "Just trying to make the best of it and do what we need to do here to get through it."
The Penguins were initially scheduled to play the Blue Jackets in Columbus on March 12. The night before the game, news broke that the Blue Jackets would follow a recommendation from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and play the game without fans. But the situation evolved rapidly, changing almost hour-by-hour. By mid-day on the 12th, the entire league had been postponed.
"Right away, your first impression is this is pretty serious and we've got to take this serious," Crosby said. "That kind of hit me. ... I think we've all just got to do our part and get through this."
Thursday's interview session touched on a number of topics, some of them light-hearted and some more serious.
-- On a possible playoff format
When the NHL pressed pause on the season, the Penguins had completed 69 of their 82 games and sat in third place in the Metropolitan standings. They're well within a playoff spot, assuming the league restarts competition at some point.
But for other teams fighting on the fringe of a wild card spot, how and when the NHL resumes play could become a contentious issue. That much was clear when Crosby was asked how many games should be played before the NHL jumps into postseason competition.