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Penguins ready to begin Stanley Cup quest with or without Sidney Crosby

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    Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby sits on the bench watching a power play drill during NHL hockey practice in Canonsburg, Pa., Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The Penguins take on the New York Islanders in the first round of the NHL hockey playoffs on Wednesday, May 1, in Pittsburgh. Crosby hasn't played since breaking his jaw a month ago. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (The Associated Press)

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    Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby sits on the bench watching a power play drill during NHL hockey practice in Canonsburg, Pa., Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The Penguins take on the New York Islanders in the first round of the NHL hockey playoffs on Wednesday, May 1, in Pittsburgh. Crosby hasn't played since breaking his jaw a month ago. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (The Associated Press)

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    Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, right, talks with teammate Brenden Morrow during NHL hockey practice in Canonsburg, Pa., Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The Penguins take on the New York Islanders in the first round of the NHL hockey playoffs on Wednesday, May 1, in Pittsburgh. Crosby hasn't played since breaking his jaw a month ago. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (The Associated Press)

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    Pittsburgh Penguins fan Nancy Morrison, bottom, reaches to hug Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby before he presents her with his jersey as part of fan appreciation ceremonies following an NHL hockey game between the Penguins and the Carolina Hurricanes in Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 27, 2013. The Penguins won 8-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (The Associated Press)

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.

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