Penguins' Crosby returns to practice, unsure of return date

Apr 27, 2013 |
Penguins' Crosby returns to practice, unsure of return date
Captain Sidney Crosby has returned to practice for the favored Pens.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Captain Sidney Crosby has returned to practice for the favored Pens.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby took part in non-contact practice on Friday. It was his first practice with the Pens since he took a puck to the face, breaking his jaw on March 30.

Crosby is not sure if he will be cleared to play before the start of the playoffs on April 30.

"It's not really up to me to be honest with you," Crosby told ESPN. "It's something the (doctors) have to feel comfortable with the healing and that kind of thing. As soon as they say the word I'll be ready to go."

The Penguins have gone 7-4 since Crosby went down with the injury and have already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Pittsburgh was a big buyer at the trade deadline, adding Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Jussi Jokinen to bolster its forward depth.

The Pens are +330  favorites to win the Stanley Cup. They will face either the New York Islanders, New York Rangers or Ottawa Senators in the opening round of the playoffs.

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