Sidney Crosby won't win the NHL scoring championship this season, but he will have a chance to help the Penguins win a Stanley Cup.

Possibly from the very start of the playoffs.

Crosby, who has not played since his jaw was fractured by a deflected shot March 30, is expected to seek medical clearance today or Friday to resume playing.

If that's given, he would not return to the lineup for the Penguins' game at New Jersey tonight or the regular-season finale Saturday against Carolina at Consol Energy Center, but dressing for Game 1 of the playoffs is not out of the question at this point.

Although the playoff schedule won't be released for several days, the Penguins will open at home, almost certainly on Wednesday.

In addition to undergoing the examination to determine how well his jaw is healing, Crosby could be facing extensive dental work in the next few days.

He had an unspecified number of teeth knocked out by the puck that broke his jaw and, while his top two front ones were replaced a while ago, a number of lower teeth still have not been.

Crosby also has yet to practice with his teammates, which is something team officials and the coaching staff presumably will want him to do before getting into a game.

Regardless of when he returns, Crosby is expected to continue wearing a plastic shield that protects his jaw. That has been a staple of his equipment since he resumed skating.