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.
Johnston said last night's penalty on Downie wouldn't be the reason he would be out of the lineup. Didn't think it was a good call.— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) February 13, 2015
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.