Penguins sit Downie on Thursday

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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.