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.