Center Sidney Crosby will not play Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins' 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.
"He 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.