Last week, after a scary incident in which New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was hit near his right eye with a puck, Penguins veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik said he was strongly leaning toward adding a protective visor to his helmet.

This week, Orpik followed through.

Orpik added one of the clear shields to the front of his helmet in practice Wednesday at Consol Energy Center, and he reported no problems or annoyances.

"It wasn't much of a difference, to be honest," he said. "I think it depends on how you approach the situation. If you approach it that you don't want to wear it, then you're not going to like it. If you approach it with an open mind and think it's the best thing for you, then it's probably not going to be that big a difference."

He said he doesn't expect to need a long period of adjustment and could add it for games as soon as tonight when the Penguins visit Toronto.

"I don't know," he said. "I'll wear it again [at the game-day skate this] morning. I don't think that's too quick."