Head coach Mike Sullivan made the announcement following his team’s optional skate Saturday morning.
Crosby suffered a concussion Monday in Game 3 when he was on the receiving end of a Matt Niskanen cross-check. Crosby missed Wednesday’s Game 4 but was a full participant at his team’s practice on Friday, taking line rushes between Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist as well as putting in work on the top power-play unit with Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Justin Schultz.
The reigning Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner has sustained multiple concussions during his career dating back to 2011 and even missed the first six games of the 2016-17 campaign after being concussed during a practice.
Up 3-1 on the Capitals, the defending Stanley Cup champions have a chance to close out the series and move onto the Eastern Conference Final win a victory Saturday.
“Having gone through this I’d like to think I’m pretty aware with my body at this point,” Crosby told reporters Friday. “I understand the importance of making sure you’re good before you come back. I have a lot of belief in our staff here. They’re going to do everything in their power to make sure I come back. I trust them. I trust the process you have to go through. Whenever it’s time, I’ll be ready.”