Ice Hockey - Penguins' Crosby sidelined with mystery illness

In this December 8, 2014 file photo, Sidney Crosby (R) of the Pittsburgh Penguins checks Martin St Louis of the New York Rangers during their game at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Crosby will sit out the next two games with an unspecified illness which does not appear to be part of the mumps outbreak that has hit the NHL, the team said December 12, 2014. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/BRUCE BENNETT)

- Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will sit out the next two games with an unspecified illness which does not appear to be part of the mumps outbreak that has hit the NHL, the team said Friday.

Members of the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild and St Louis Blues have been diagnosed with mumps in recent days.

But Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said despite Crosby having a visibly puffy right cheek there is "no indication" he is suffering from the viral infection generally found in children.

The Canadian player will miss Friday's home game against Calgary and Saturday's contest in Columbus.

AFP