Maatta tallied an assist and blocked a team-leading six shots Saturday against the Sharks. The blueliner has collected two assists in three Stanley Cup Final games and six helpers in his last six postseason contests. Maatta's six blocks Saturday equal his number of blocked shots over the last eight games, an indication of the desperation he showed against the Sharks.
Maatta registered an assist Tuesday against the Lightning. He's picked up a point in two straight games since filling in for the injured Trevor Daley. Maatta has just four points in his last 22 games, but three have come in his last four contests.
Maatta appears to be a healthy scratch for Monday's meeting with the Lightning, Josh Yohe of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports. Maatta has struggled defensively and will likely be replaced by veteran Justin Schultz for Game 2. The 21-year-old has been plagued by injuries that have led to infrequent ice time. That lack of consistency could be the source of Maatta's ineffectiveness on the blue line. If he can shake of the rust, the defenseman has the potential to contribute on both ends of the ice, but he will need to turn it around quickly if he hopes to return to lineup.
Maatta collected a power-play assist in Tuesday's series-clinching win over Washington. The Penguins dropped Maatta from Kris Letang's pair, but the blueliner did see time on the team's second power-play unit. Maatta, who returned Tuesday after a three-game absence, continue to play at less than 100 percent and likely won't be at full strength until 2016-17.
Maatta (head) will play against the Capitals on Wednesday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Maatta has missed the last three games after taking an illegal hit from Washington's Brooks Orpik. The defenseman also practiced on the Pens' PP unit Wednesday. He's expected to pair with Trevor Daley.
Last 7 Games
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