Christian Ehrhoff D PIT 5 Hrs

Coach Mike Johnston said that while Ehrhoff hasn't been formally diagnosed with a concussion, the defenseman continues to experience symptoms indicative of the head injury, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

It appears safe to rule Ehrhoff out of Sunday's game against the Predators at this point, but the Penguins haven't closed the door on him joining the team for their Western Canada road trip that kicks off Wednesday in Edmonton. He'll have to take the ice for a practice or two before the Penguins would probably even consider him as an option for the trip.

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Ehrhoff is undergoing tests for a concussion back in Pittsburgh and will not be available for Friday's game against the Devils, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Ehrhoff apparently hit his head on the ice in either Wednesday's loss to the Capitals or during Thursday's practice, which will keep him out for at least one contest. Ehrhoff's test results should be made available Saturday, after which the team will make a determination on his status for Sunday's home date with the Predators. Until Ehrhoff is ready to go, Scott Harrington looks poised to assume his spot in the lineup.

Christian Ehrhoff D PIT 17 Days

Ehrhoff picked up his 10th assist of the season Tuesday, giving him three points in his last five games.

He compiled 22:41 TOI, second most among Pittsburgh defenders, and will continue to see consistently high minutes with Olli Maatta out for the rest of the year. To the disappointment of fantasy owners, Ehrhoff has scored three goals and 13 points in 37 games. He hasn't seen much time on the team's top power-play unit but features a fantasy-friendly plus-16 rating.

Christian Ehrhoff D PIT 29 Days

Ehrhoff netted his third goal -- and third game-winner -- of the season Friday night against the Lightning.

He added four PIM, two blocks and finished with a plus-1 rating -- his overall plus-16 rating remains tops on Pittsburgh's squad. With the changing of the new calendar year, Ehrhoff is free to negotiate a multiyear deal with the Pens -- something which would enhance his value in keeper leagues.

Christian Ehrhoff D PIT 1 Month

Ehrhoff (lower body) was activated from injured reserve Wednesday, signaling he'll play later in the evening against the Hurricanes.

Ehrhoff has skated with the team for the last two days and appears close to full health after the injury knocked him out for the last five games. While the departure from Buffalo to Pittsburgh hasn't resulted in the surge in points many expected, Ehrhoff has noticed one of the league's biggest swings in plus/minus from a season earlier. After going minus-27 over 79 games with the Sabres in 2013-14, Ehrhoff enters Wednesday's game with a plus-15 mark over 31 contests.

Christian Ehrhoff D PIT 1 Month

Ehrhoff (lower body) could be activated from injured reserve prior to Wednesday's game against the Hurricanes.

Ehrhoff skated with the team Tuesday for the first time since suffering the injury, and reportedly game out of the session feeling well. It was enough for coach Mike Johnston to deem the blueliner "really close" to a return, with his official status for Wednesday's game likely to be determined after the Penguins' gameday skate. Ehrhoff has missed the previous five games due to injury.

Christian Ehrhoff D PIT 1 Month

Ehrhoff (lower body) took part in an on-ice session prior to Sunday's practice.

The Penguins were initially hoping Ehrhoff would return from IR when eligible Saturday against the Capitals, but he didn't show enough progress with his recovery during the Christmas break for that to come to fruition. Though the Penguins are likely pleased to have him back skating, Ehrhoff won't travel with the team to New Jersey for Monday's game. Coach Mike Johnston said after Ehrhoff's workout that there were "no immediate plans" for him to rejoin the team.

Christian Ehrhoff D PIT 1 Month

Ehrhoff (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

With the Penguins already ruling out the blueliner until after the Christmas break, his placement on injured reserve doesn't really qualify as much of a surprise. He won't be eligible for activation until Dec. 29, though his return could be pushed back further if he fails to progress as rapidly as the Penguins hope. Top prospect Derrick Pouliot was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a corresponding move and could make for an intriguing replacement option for Ehrhoff.

Christian Ehrhoff D PIT 1 Month

Ehrhoff (lower body) will miss the Pens' three games before Christmas break, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The defenseman could miss additional time, but the organization provided no further information. Ehrhoff had played in all 31 games for Pittsburgh, recording two goals, 10 points and a team-best plus-15 rating.

Christian Ehrhoff D PIT 1 Month

Ehrhoff (lower body) appears to be out of the lineup Saturday against the Panthers, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Given that the Penguins recalled two blueliners from AHL Wilkes-Barre Scranton on Saturday without any immediate explanation, it would seem to indicate that Ehrhoff, who didn't participate in the team's morning skate, will be forced to miss his first game of the season. He could be a candidate for injured reserve if the Penguins believe his injury is more serious than a day-to-day situation.