Pens' Crosby hopes doctor gives him green light for Game 1
A visit to the doctor Tuesday should confirm whether Sidney Crosby has the green light to play in Game 1 of the Penguins' Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders.
Crosby made it clear he feels well enough to play.
“Yeah,” he said, in a serious tone, when asked if he believes he could be back in the lineup.
But he won't have the final say.
“I see the doctor tomorrow,” Crosby said. “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 beginning to feel more comfortable with the full-face mask he's wearing to protect his jaw.
“Oh yeah,” Crosby said when asked if he is adjusting to the mask. “It's something that you get used to a bit more. We all wore that at some point; some of us had a cage.”
If the Penguins make a substantial Stanley Cup playoff run, Crosby likely will be allowed to play without the mask at some point.
Crosby said he would be most comfortable 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. When I'm able to come back, I'll be happy with whoever I'm playing with.”
Orpik's status uncertain
Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik remains a question mark for Wednesday's playoff opener.
Orpik suffered a lower-body injury last week against the Buffalo Sabres and didn't play in the Penguins' final two regular-season games.
Orpik skated Monday at Southpointe but didn't practice with the team.
If Orkpik can't play in Game 1, he likely will be replaced in the lineup by defenseman Deryk Engelland.
Martin in good form
Martin missed almost a month with a broken bone in his hand but is finally 100 percent and believes his ability to play Saturday against Carolina was a big deal.
He didn't appear rusty while playing more than 23 minutes against the Hurricanes.
“I think it was a good thing that I got in there,” Martin said. “I kind of pushed it a little bit.
“When you get into the playoffs, it's a different kind of game. You need your timing, so it helped to play.”
Plenty of depth
Several players who are likely to be healthy scratches in Game 1 stayed on the Southpointe ice for additional work Monday.
That group included Beau Bennett, Joe Vitale, Dustin Jeffrey, Simon Despres and Robert Bortuzzo. They have combined for 12 goals and 36 points.
Vitale missed the past two games with a lower-body injury but is healthy enough to play.
Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @JoshYohe_Trib.
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