Penguins forward Steve Downie was back on the ice for the team’s Wednesday practice at CONSOL Energy Center.
Downie left Pittsburgh’s 7-2 victory against Minnesota on Tuesday night after receiving an elbow to the head from Wild defenseman Ryan Suter.
“I feel pretty good, practice was good,” Downie said. “Everything is good so far.”
Downie will meet with the trainers to determine his status for the Penguins’ Friday night contest in New York with the first-place Islanders.
“We’ll talk to (head athletic trainer Chris Stewart) and test some more things, but we’ll know shortly,” Downie said.
On the play, Downie was carrying the puck and cutting through the slot. Suter reached out with his elbow and clipped Downie in the head.
“I didn’t see it, but I saw the replay,” Downie said. “It is what it is.”
The Pens forward went down immediately and left the game. He underwent concussion testing and did not return to action.
“(Testing) takes about 35-40 minutes to do,” Downie said. “So we decided not to return to the game.”
Downie wouldn’t comment on if the NHL should take disciplinary action against Suter for the elbow.
“That’s for the league to do, not for me to do,” Downie said. “I’m not going sit here and talk about Suter. I know he apologized to me, which was nice of him. That’s all I have to say.”
“Nobody on the bench saw it live,” head coach Mike Johnston said. “It happened so quick. I did see a replay of it. Anytime you look at a replay you have to understand the games goes by in seconds. You see the elbow come up. It’s a matter of the NHL looking at it and determining live action.”
ARCOBELLO The Pens claimed forward Mark Arcobello on waivers from Nashville. He played this season with Edmonton and Nashville.
Arcobello, who will wear No. 26 with Pittsburgh, has eight goals and 13 points in 40 NHL games and won 51-percent of his faceoffs.
“He’s a very smart player, he’s got a good stick, manages the puck really well,” said Johnston, who saw Arcobello play when the Buffalo Sabres hosted Edmonton.
Arcobello is flying to Pittsburgh tonight and will meet with the coaching staff upon his arrival.
WORKFLOW All of the Pens players, with the exception of Arcobello, were at practice. They used the same workflow from the previous two games.