Cole filled the scoresheet Thursday with a goal, an assist, a plus-3 rating and three hits during a 6-2 win over Dallas. Cole has found himself in a nice stretch, picking up four points over the last five games. To put it in perspective, the 27-year-old had accounted for just three assists in 19 contests before his solid run. The blueliner remains an unappealing option with just a career-high 12 points to his name, set last year.
Cole practiced at right defense as part of the Pens' top defensive pair with Brian Dumoulin during Thursday's morning skate, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "I think Colesy's done a nice job in the early season as far as understanding what his strengths are and playing within himself," coach Mike Sullivan said. Cole, who has one point in seven games, played a season high 21 minutes against Florida on Tuesday. He ranks second on the team with 13 blocked shots.
Cole scored a goal, registered four penalty minutes and blocked three shots Saturday. He also finished with a plus-1 rating in the 3-2 win over Anaheim. The defender failed to score a single goal in 70 games with Pittsburgh in 2015-16. Cole won't add much offense to fantasy lineups, but he can help with hits and blocked shots -- he totaled 122 hits and 122 blocks last year.
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.
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