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Penguins sit Downie on Thursday

Steve Downie, Michael Latta

Steve Downie, Michael Latta


The Pittsburgh Penguins are getting healthier as of late, which means that lineup decisions are going to be a little tougher. Even so, it’s a bit surprising to see Steve Downie out of the mix against the Ottawa Senators tonight, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari notes.

At the moment, it sounds like it was a healthy scratch.

Downie is no stranger to taking penalties, and it sounds like there’s at least a chance that one justified his night in the press box according to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe.

Downie has nine goals and 22 points to go along with a league-leading 173 penalty minutes in 49 games this season.

In more pleasant Penguins news, it sounds like Christian Ehrhoff is getting closer to returning to Pittsburgh’s lineup.

Updated: It wasn’t pretty, but the Penguins won in a shootout without the pesky forward.

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