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Update, 11:20 a.m.: Katie Carrera reports from Consol Energy Center that Crosby confirmed he has been cleared for contact. He said it’s a “step in the right direction,” but there is still no timetable for his game return.

Malkin told reporters he has been experiencing soreness in his surgically-repaired knee and said he’ll be a “game-time decision” tonight.

“If I feel better tonight, then I will [play], but if not I can’t play,” Malkin said. “I have couple days off and my knee pretty feel better. Good warmup today and we’ll see tonight.”

Original post: Sidney Crosby is wearing a black helmet like the rest of his teammates at practice this morning, a significant step toward recovery from the concussion that has sidelined him for nearly 10 months. The Penguins captain had been skating since training camp with a white helmet to signify no contact.

Crosby was scheduled to meet this week with the doctors who have been overseeing his recovery. There is still no timetable on his return to game action.

Evgeni Malkin, who has been nursing an undisclosed injury since the third period of the Penguins’ second game and missed yesterday’s practice, is skating with his regular linemates this morning and could be good to go tonight against the Capitals.