Cole gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday with his first goal since March 26, 2015. The defender, who served as a healthy scratch for much of February, potted his first goal in 104 games (including the playoffs). He entered Monday's action with two assists in 21 postseason tilts, along with 12 PIM, 43 hits and 47 blocked shots.
Cole collected a pair of assists Thursday against the Hurricanes. He has only nine points -- all assists -- but his three multipoint efforts rank him second among Pittsburgh blueliners. Since Cole has come back after serving as a frequent healthy scratch in January and February, he's improved his game defensively. From a fantasy perspective, the defenseman's two points Thursdsay where his first in nine contests.
Cole, who served as a healthy scratch for Pittsburgh in the last 11 games, saw the ice for the first time since Jan. 21 on Sunday and went pointless in 13:48 TOI. He acquitted himself pretty well, dishing out three hits while not looking out of place after such a long layoff. Cole apparently fell out of favor with the coaching staff -- he managed only four points in 45 games prior to Sunday, but he may see regular action due to the injury of Ben Lovejoy.
Cole could return to the lineup Friday if Trevor Daley (undisclosed) is unable to play. Friday could give Cole, who has served as a healthy scratch in recent action, the opportunity to once again prove himself. The organization has lost faith in his abilities, which makes sense, given that the blueliner has only four points (all assists) and a minus-17 rating in 45 games.
Cole, who left Thursday's game early with a suspected head injury, will play against Islanders on Saturday. Cole said that he passed the concussion protocol and is ready to go. The defender has only four points -- all assists -- in 36 games after registering eight points in 20 games for Pittsburgh last season.
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