Staal expected in lineup tonight, Martin questionable

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Penguins center Jordan Staal is expected to play tonight against Washington at Consol Energy Center, coach Dan Bylsma said after the game-day skate.

Staal got hit on the left side of his face by a shot during overtime of Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss at Chicago and left the game.

He did not participate in the optional skate this morning, but was at the arena and did not appear to have significant swelling on his face. Bylsma said he wasn't sure whether Staal will have to wear some sort of protective addition attached to his helmet.

Defenseman Paul Martin, though, is questionable for the game. He left the Chicago game briefly in the second period after being hit from behind into the boards.

None of the other eight injured forwards is expected back tonight, although winger Chris Kunitz participated in an optional game-day skate in equipment and could be close to playing. Bylsma guessed Kunitz might return Wednesday against San Jose or for one of two weekend games.

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