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Report: Sidney Crosby could be back in Penguins lineup this weekend

Pittsburgh Penguins hockey player Sidney Crosby skates at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh

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Sidney Crosby is hoping to get medical clearance to resume playing again for the Pittsburgh Penguins as early as Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Crosby has been sidelined with a fractured jaw since being hit in the face by a puck back on March 30.

While the report indicates Crosby could play in either of Pittsburgh's remaining two games of the season this week, a more likely scenario is that he would be in the lineup when the Penguins open the playoffs next week.

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Crosby has yet to practice with the team since suffering the injury, which resulted in extensive dental work and titanium plates being inserted into his broken jaw. Crosby still requires more dental work to replace a number of lower teeth in his jaw.

When he does return, Crosby is expected to war a plastic shield to protect his jaw. Doctors have said that if he were to be hit in the jaw again, it would set the healing process back.

At the time of his injury, Crosby was the NHL's scoring leader with 56 points. He has since been caught and surpassed by Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis, who increased his total to 58 points with a hat-trick in a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night.

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