Steve Downie RW PIT 22 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 22 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.

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Downie (illness) is considered "close" to playing Friday against Tampa Bay, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Coach Mike Johnston said Downie is nearing a return, and if he feels better Friday morning, he would appear to have a solid chance of taking the ice. Downie missed Wednesday's game and has not played since Dec. 22 while recovering from the mumps.

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Downie (illness) rejoined the Penguins for their morning skate Wednesday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Coach Mike Johnston said Downie wouldn't be an option for Wednesday's tilt with the Hurricanes, but did note that the forward is "close" to a return. He's been out of the lineup since Dec. 22 while dealing with and subsequently recovering from the mumps, but could be back from Friday's tilt with the Lightning.

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Downie (mumps) skated prior to Tuesday's practice.

While he's not yet a full participant in practices just yet, Downie's return to the team suggests that he's past the contagious stage of his battle with the mumps. He'll probably need a few days before the Penguins are convinced his energy is up to par, so don't look for him to return to the lineup until the weekend at the earliest.

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Downie has been diagnosed with the mumps, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Downie first started showing mumps symptoms earlier this week, and it turns out he is the latest to come down with the disease that is sweeping through the NHL. He will remain isolated from his teammates until he has recovered, but figures to resume playing sometime in the next week or two.

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The results of Downie's tests for the mumps won't be available until Friday.

With the NHL observing a three-day break in the schedule for the holidays, the status of Downie, Brandon Sutter, and Thomas Greiss will remain shrouded in mystery until the Pens reconvene for practice. Downie has already missed the team's previous two games as a precaution.

Steve Downie RW PIT 1 Month

Downie (illness) won't be available Tuesday versus the Lightning.

It would seem the Penguins are still awaiting results on the tests for the mumps that three players underwent Monday, as none of Downie, Thomas Greiss or Brandon Sutter will be available for Tuesday's match. More information regarding Downie's condition, as well as those of his teammates, should be revealed at some point during the upcoming Christmas break.

Steve Downie RW PIT 1 Month

Downie is being tested for the mumps and will not play in Monday's game against the Panthers, Josh Yohe of The Tribune-Review reports.

Downie flew with his teammates to Florida for Monday's game, but the Penguins sent him back home after he showed potential symptoms of the mumps. The Penguins play in Tampa on Tuesday, and it remains to be seen if Downie will be able to rejoin the team prior to that contest.

Steve Downie RW PIT 1 Month

Downie picked up a pair of primary assists and was penalized 17 minutes Saturday against the Panthers.

Not a bad night's work, considering he saw less than six minutes of ice time (5:56 TOI). Downie now has two goals and seven points in his last six games, but keep in mind that he's no longer playing as a top-six forward following the returns of Patric Hornqvist and Chris Kunitz.