Sidney Crosby made another step in his rehabilitation from a concussion Monday, as the Penguins' captain ran through on-ice drills at the team's practice facility in Canonsburg, Pa.
Crosby did not make the trip with the team to Detroit for Monday's game against the Red Wings (7:30 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN2). While coach Dan Bylsma had said Monday following the team's practice in Detroit that Crosby was expected to skate, he was not aware of whether or not Crosby had taken the ice.
"Sid was scheduled to skate this morning," Bylsma said. "The protocol is based on his interaction with the doctor, not with our trainers. So based on what his interaction with the doctor is, he would be on the ice today. And that was the schedule, to do his off-ice stuff as well."
Crosby did skating and puckhandling drills Monday with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar.
Crosby has not played since Jan. 5 when he was hit into the boards by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman. He also had suffered a hard hit by then-Capitals center David Steckel days earlier at the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day.
Monday's game will be the 32nd Crosby has missed with the injury. However, he has ramped up his workouts recently with the hope of returning at some point during the regular season or the playoffs. The Penguins are 15-11-5 without Crosby, and enter the week fourth in the Eastern Conference, six points behind conference-leading Philadelphia.
Before suffering his concussion, many viewed Crosby as a lock to claim his second Hart Trophy as the League's MVP. Crosby's 66 points still ranks 14th in the League, and his 32 goals are tied for eighth, despite him not playing in more than 2 1/2 months.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic