Sidney Crosby hopeful to play in Penguins-Islanders Game 1


Sidney Crosby will visit a doctor on Tuesday to confirm whether or not he his clear to play in Game 1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Eastern COnference Quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders.

Crosby told Josh Yohe of McKeesport Daily News on Monday that he feels well enough to play.

“Yeah,” Crosby said, in a serious tone, when asked if he could be back in the lineup for Game 1.

“I see the doctor tomorrow.  I try not to have any (expectations).  Just going for an appointment. I don’t have any control over it. There’s no point in getting worked up about it.”

Crosby said he’s getting used to wearing the full-mask on his helmet that protects his jaw.

“It’s something that you get used to a bit more. We all wore that at some  point; some of us had a cage.”

Crosby told Yohe that he would be comfortable playing on a line with wingers Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis when he returns.

“It’s not up to me,” he said. “But we’re pretty comfortable together. It would  probably make for an easier transition. But that’s not my job. My job is to play.

Crosby isn’t the only player the Penguins hope to have back in the playoffs.  Defenseman Brooks Orpik  remains questionable for Wednesday’s Game 1.

Orpik suffered a lower-body injury against the Buffalo Sabres last week and didn’t play in the Penguins final two regular-season games.

Orpik will likely be replaced by defenseman Deryk Engelland in the lineup if he can’t play in Game 1.

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