Schultz may be reinserted into the lineup Monday against Tampa Bay after being a healthy scratch for Game 1, Josh Yohe of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports. Schultz was solid defensively in his three previous playoff contests this year and will likely replace the struggling Olli Maatta. In those postseason outings, the defenseman saw an average of 1:33 in power-play ice time, but should still be considered a low-end fantasy option as he has failed to tally a point in his last five appearances.
Schultz wil sit out Wednesday's game following the return of Olli Maatta, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The defenseman has played in three playoff games but has yet to pick up a point. Schultz scored one goal and eight points in 18 regular-season games with Pittsburgh.
Schultz picked up a pair of assists -- including one on the power play -- Saturday against the Isles. He saw time on the team's No. 1 power-play unit, taking a slap shot off a Sidney Crosby feed which Patric Hornqvist deflected for the goal. Half of Schultz's six points with Pittsburgh have come in the last two games as the blueliner continues to find chemistry with his new squad.
Schultz recorded an assist in 16:23 of ice time during Sunday's 6-1 win over New Jersey. Playing in his first game since being acquired at the trade deadline, Schultz performed well in his new sweater. He took two shots, blocked a shot, and finished with a rating of plus-2. If there's anything in Schultz's game that will benefit from the move, it will be his plus-minus. Previously on a struggling Edmonton team, the 25-year old came to the Penguins with a minus-22 rating in 45 games this season.
Schultz arrived in Pittsburgh for practice Friday and is available for the team's matchup with Calgary on Saturday. Traded to the Penguins just before the trade deadline, Schultz was delayed in joining his new team due to immigration issues. With those cleared up, the defenseman will compete for a spot in the lineup, with Ian Cole the likely odd man out if Schultz suits up. In 45 contests with the Oilers this season, the 25-year-old averaged just over 20 minutes of ice time per night, including roughly two minutes of action with the man advantage. It's unlikely Schultz will play on Pittsburgh's top power-play unit, but has a chance to get on the underutilized second squad.
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