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, received clearance today to resume practicing with his teammates and is expected to do so Friday. That is a significant step in his recovery, although no decision has been made on when he can try to play. Crosby is expected to meet with the medical people overseeing his recovery again next week, at which time such a determination could be made. He definitely will not play in the Penguins' game at New Jersey tonight or in the regular-season finale Saturday against Carolina at Consol Energy Center. Dressing for Game 1 of the playoffs apparently has not been ruled out. Although the playoff schedule won't be released for several days, the Penguins will open at home, almost certainly on Wednesday. Crosby underwent several root canals today to repair some of the damage done when a puck slammed into his face nearly three weeks ago. 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.