Steve Downie RW PIT 1 Day

Downie registered 15 PIM on Wednesday against the Capitals.

Ten of those minutes came courtesy of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty -- "Abuse of Officials" call. Downie, who entered Wednesday as the only NHL player with at least 100 penalty minutes, now leads the league with 167 PIM. Surprisingly, Downie's 22 points are just six fewer than Scott Hartnell and three less than Milan Lucic.

Steve Downie RW PIT 8 Days

Downie netted his eighth goal of the season Wednesday against the Blackhawks.

The game not only marked his first goal since Jan. 2, but also his first positive plus-minus rating since the same date. Downie has seen his offensive production fall off since moving down to the third line, though he did see 5:33 TOI on the team's second power-play unit Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Steve Downie RW PIT 13 Days

Downie returned to action Friday, going pointless with a late third-period penalty that effectively ending Pittsburgh's chances for a comeback.

Downie has played a surprisingly disciplined brand of hockey in recent weeks, but he took a slashing penalty with less than three minutes remaining in regulation of a one-goal game. We'll have to wait until Sunday to see if he's entered coach Mike Johnston's doghouse. On the positive side, Downie appeared healthy after taking an elbow to the noggin Tuesday.

Steve Downie RW PIT 14 Days

Downie (head) will play Friday against the Islanders.

Ryan Suter was handed a two-game suspension for an elbow to the head of Downie on Tuesday night, but it looks like the Pens winger won't be forced to miss any action of his own. Downie resumed practicing Wednesday and was a full participant in the Pens' morning skate Friday, drawing in on the third line.

Steve Downie RW PIT 16 Days

Downie (head) was able to practice Thursday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

After taking an elbow to the head and falling to the ice in Tuesday's win over the Wild, it was feared that Downie might have sustained a concussion. However, his presence at practice suggests he passed all of the protocols, and it's expected that he'll be ready to go for Friday's game against the Islanders. It's an excellent bit of news for the Penguins and the rugged winger, who leads the league with 141 PIM.

Steve Downie RW PIT 16 Days

Downie left the first period of Tuesday's game after taking a Ryan Suter elbow to his head and didn't return.

It looks as if the rugged forward likely suffered some sort of head injury, likely a concussion. His stock has taken a hit in recent games. As the team's health has improved, Downie has moved down from the first line to the third. He'll still provide ample penalty minutes, however.

Steve Downie RW PIT 16 Days

Downie took an elbow to the head in the second period of Tuesday's game against the Wild and didn't return, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

He fell to the ice in a heap after Wild defenseman Ryan Suter appeared to intentionally strike him in the face when he was pursuing a loose puck. Downie's situation is certainly worth monitoring over the next few days; he suffered multiple concussions last season, which perhaps make him more susceptible to a long-term absence than most. The forward has been useful on both ends of the ice for the Penguins this season, accumulating 20 points and a league-leading 141 PIM over 37 games.

Steve Downie RW PIT 19 Days

Playing on a third line with Brandon Sutter and Bryan Rust on Saturday, Downie went pointless on four shots, finishing minus-1 against Montreal.

The feisty forward's offensive stock is trending downward, now that Pittsburgh replaced him with David Perron and Chris Kunitz on the team's no. 1 line with Sidney Crosby. Downie is playing well, but his opportunities to contribute offensively have diminished a bit. He remains a top-tier threat to register penalty minutes.

Steve Downie RW PIT 27 Days

Downie tallied his eighth and ninth goals Friday in his first game since returning from the mumps.

While one of his scores came at even strength and the other on an empty net, Downie served as Pittsburgh's net-front presence for the team's No. 1 power-play unit. He created good opportunities and looked entirely comfortable with the unit's skill level and could see additional time with Patric Hornqvist sidelined for at least two more weeks. Downie now has 19 points (7G, 12A) in 33 games, along with his NHL-leading 137 penalty minutes.

Steve Downie RW PIT 28 Days

Downie (illness) will return to the lineup Friday against the Lightning, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Downie was a full participant in Friday's morning skate, allowing coach Mike Johnston to feel comfortable bringing him back into the the lineup for the first time since Dec. 20. The winger has been a useful option on both ends of the ice for the Penguins this season, providing a respectable five goals and 17 points in 32 games to go along with his league-leading total of 135 PIM.