Dumoulin participated in Monday's practice after leaving Saturday's game early with a hand or arm injury, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The defender took a P.K Subban shot off the hand/arm area. "Nothing too bad," Dumoulin said. "It should be good for the next game." He has extra incentive to play Tuesday against Carolina, considering it was the Hurricanes which traded him to Pittsburgh as part of the Jordan Staal trade.
Dumoulin snapped a seven-game pointless streak with an assist Wednesday. He sprung Sidney Crosby up ice with a pretty pass along the boards in the second period. Dumoulin finished Wednesday with two shots, two hits and a minus-1 rating.
Dumoulin is pointless in his last seven games following run of five assists in five games. The dropoff is likely expected for the defender in his first full NHL season. Dumoulin is a defense-first player with offensive potential, so there will be plenty of peaks and valleys with his production. The former Carolina property has two assists and a plus-3 rating in three games against Toronto, the Pens' opponent Wednesday.
Dumoulin tallied an assist and finished with a plus-1 rating Friday against Los Angeles. The blueliner has picked up five assists in his last five games while registering a plus-6 rating over the stretch. Dumoulin demonstrated an offensive game at the AHL level and is carrying it over to the NHL in his first full season. Keep in mind that Pittsburgh views him more as a defensive asset than anything else at this point in his career.
Dumoulin picked up a pair of assists Saturday, giving him three points in his last two games. The offense is a bonus at this stage of his career, but it could be a sign of things to come. Dumoulin, who pairs with Ben Lovejoy in a shutdown role, now has five assists in 25 games.
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