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Crosby out in Game 1 vs. Isles

Although the Penguins remain clear favorites to win the series (and the East, for that matter), Pittsburgh will be without center Sidney Crosby Wednesday night when the team hosts the New York Islanders.

Crosby has not played since suffering a broken jaw on March 30, though he has been practicing with the Penguins since last week. He had a doctor's appointment on Tuesday, but was not cleared to play.

"He said everything was good," Crosby said, according to ESPN.com's Scott Burnside. "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."

Crosby has 20 goals and 75 points in 41 career games against the Islanders.

The No. 1-seeded Penguins and No. 8-seeded Islanders square off Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center at 7:30 p.m.