Sidney Crosby wants to play.

Whether he can when the Penguins open the Stanley Cup playoffs will dominate hockey talk in Pittsburgh and throughout Canada for the next several days.

Crosby practiced with the Penguins on Friday at Southpointe Iceoplex, though he didn't participate in contact drills.

“I'm trying to be pretty careful, don't put myself in position to have a setback,” Crosby said after his first team practice since he was injured March 30. “You try to get used to the tempo and speed, just stay out of the way a bit.”

His return to practice drew a near capacity crowd to the Penguins' practice facility and non-regulars among the media included a TV crew from Canada.

Crosby won't play in the Penguins' regular-season home finale against Carolina on Saturday night.

The playoffs begin Tuesday, though a Black Keys concert at Consol Energy Center that night won't allow the Penguins to open until at least Wednesday.

Crosby hasn't been cleared medically to take contact in practices and isn't allowed to play in games. He has missed the past 11 games because of the injury.

There remains no time frame for Crosby's return, coach Dan Bylsma said.

There also remains no concern his return would make for a challenging adjustment.

“That's a non-story,” right winger Pascal Dupuis said. “I know where he's going. He obviously knows where I'm going. There's all kind of chemistry with whatever (Bylsma) wants to do with the lines.”