PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Sidney Crosby is still waiting for doctors to tell him his broken jaw has healed enough to allow him to play.
With or without their dynamic captain, the Pittsburgh Penguins are under pressure heading into the opening round of the NHL playoffs. Pittsburgh is the top team in the Eastern Conference and on Wednesday faces the surging New York Islanders.
Crosby broke his jaw a month ago and remains questionable for Game 1. He practiced Tuesday and says he'll be "good to go" whenever he gets the OK.
Even with Crosby sidelined, the Penguins remain loaded following a series of late-season trades that brought them future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla and veteran forwards Brenden Morrow and Jussi Jokinen.
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp