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Sidney Crosby has been out since suffering a broken jaw on March 30 against the New York Islanders, and it looks like the Pittsburgh Penguins will be without their captain when they open the playoffs against that same Islanders team. Crosby has not been cleared by doctors to play and will miss at least Game 1 of the Penguins' opening-round playoff series. Pittsburgh earned the Eastern Conference's top seed despite not having Crosby for the last 12 games of the season. Do they need him to advance in the playoffs?

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On the same night Jarome Iginla made his Penguins debut, the NHL's hottest team suffered a significant loss. No, it wasn't their win streak -- which is now at 15 games -- but their star player, Sidney Crosby. The league's leading scorer took a puck to the jaw and is out indefinitely after surgery. How much will his absence hurt the Penguins? And does it mean the end of their pursuit of the win streak record?

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A Pyrrhic victory?

The Penguins picked up their 15th straight win Saturday but lost their star center indefinitely.

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Can the Penguins (15 straight wins) break the record of 17 straight wins with Sidney Crosby out?

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The Penguins and superstar center Sidney Crosby have agreed to a contract worth $104.4 million over 12 years. The front-loaded deal, which takes effect for 2013-14, will average $8.7 million per season. Crosby, widely regarded as the NHL's best player, already has a Stanley Cup and a Hart Trophy as the league's MVP to his credit. But he has also sustained multiple concussions that sidelined him for the bulk of two seasons. Is it risky for the Penguins to set aside that much money for a player with a serious concussion history?

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Good news for Sidney Crosby?

Still sidelined by concussion-like symptoms, Sidney Crosby may not be suffering from a concussion. A soft-tissue injury in his neck may be responsible and is "more treatable."

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Will this all fade away eventually?

Crosby played at least 77 games in four of his first five seasons. Does the news about his injury make you think he may eventually regain that form?

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Does his name match his game?

While Crosby sits, players like Steve Stamkos (above), Claude Giroux and even veterans like Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin thrive. Where is Crosby in the NHL pecking order?

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Already a Hall of Fame career?

Thankfully, this sounds more and more like a purely hypothetical question. But with a Cup, a Hart Trophy, a gold medal and more, is Crosby already a hockey immortal?

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Will the old Sidney Crosby return?

Sidney Crosby will be on the ice when the Penguins play the Islanders. But after missing nearly a year with concussion-like symptoms, will the old Crosby ever return?

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What about short-term expectations?

Crosby was averaging 1.6 points per game (32 goals, 34 assists in 41 games) when he left the lineup last season.

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Are Penguins the team to beat?

The Penguins enter Monday's game tied with the Flyers for the most points in the Eastern Conference. Does Crosby's return clinch favorite status? Submit your Power Rankings.

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Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

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Has someone else claimed throne?

Crosby hasn't played since Jan. 5, but did anyone do enough in his absence to claim the unofficial title of NHL's best player?

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