Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will not play Wednesday night in Game 1 of the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh.
Crosby is recovering from multiple jaw fractures on March 30 on a hit in a game against the Islanders that also knocked out several teeth. He was not cleared by the team doctor to be on the ice for the opener.
"[The doctor] said everything was good," Crosby said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, after the Penguins' morning skate on Wednesday. "He just wasn't prepared to declare me (ready) to play.
"Obviously, I would have loved to have had a chance to play tonight, but that's not the way it is. I wanted to make sure I'm ready when the time comes."
Crosby returned to practice last week wearing a face shield. He said there have been no setbacks in his recovery.
The Penguins went 8-4-0 during the final month of the regular season without Crosby and finished as the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Game 2 of the opening-round series with the Islanders is scheduled for Friday.