Sidney Crosby's head injury is progressing, but he and the Penguins aren't in the clear yet.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan announced Thursday that the Penguins captain has been upgraded to day-to-day after being reevaluated and his status for Saturday's Game 5 showdown against the Capitals remains undetermined.
Crosby, who was diagnosed with a concussion after taking a headshot from Capitals forward Matt Niskanen in Game 3 on Monday, skated with a few other players at the team's practice rink Thursday despite it being an off day for the Penguins.
"Sid skated this morning. He is in the process of rehabbing. We'll leave it at that. It's a day-to-day process," Sullivan told reporters on a conference call.
Less than six minutes into the first period of Monday's game, Crosby was cutting across the Capitals' goal crease and falling to the ice when Niskanen made contact. Crosby needed to be helped off the ice to the Penguins locker room for evaluation and did not return to the game.
Niskanen was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for cross-checking, though it was reported Tuesday he won't be subject to suspension for the hit.
The Penguins hold a 3-1 lead in the second-round series after the Capitals' loss in Wednesday's critical Game 4 matchup. To ensure Crosby is as healthy as can be for a potential third-round series, the team may keep him sidelined and see if it can get past Washington without him.