A visit to the doctor Tuesday should confirm whether Sidney Crosby has the green light to play in Game 1 of the Penguins' Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders.

Crosby made it clear he feels well enough to play.

“Yeah,” he said, in a serious tone, when asked if he believes he could be back in the lineup.

But he won't have the final say.

“I see the doctor tomorrow,” Crosby said. “I try not to have any (expectations). Just going for an appointment. I don't have any control over it. There's no point in getting worked up about it.”

Crosby said he's beginning to feel more comfortable with the full-face mask he's wearing to protect his jaw.

“Oh yeah,” Crosby said when asked if he is adjusting to the mask. “It's something that you get used to a bit more. We all wore that at some point; some of us had a cage.”

If the Penguins make a substantial Stanley Cup playoff run, Crosby likely will be allowed to play without the mask at some point.

Crosby said he would be most comfortable on a line with wingers Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis when he returns.

“It's not up to me,” he said. “But we're pretty comfortable together. It would probably make for an easier transition. But that's not my job. My job is to play. When I'm able to come back, I'll be happy with whoever I'm playing with.”