Sheary, who collected an assist Thursday, was demoted to the third line for parts of the third period against Columbus. The line of Sheary, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel was on the ice for more than its fair share of Columbus goals, likely leading to Sheary's move off the top unit. Interestingly, he picked up his point while skating on the third line for Scott Wilson's third-period score. Chances are he'll be back with Crosby in the next round, but coach Mike Sullivan showed Thursday he's not afraid to shake things up. Sheary, who finished the series with only two assists in five games, saw his lowest full-game ice total (14:22) since March 3.
Sheary won't play Sunday against the Rangers in New York, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. After totaling 10 points in 44 games as a rookie, Sheary scored 53 in 61 this year. His diminutive stature lends itself to injury, but the 5-foot-8, 175-pound winger ranks among the biggest surprise breakouts in 2016-17.
Sheary tallied the game-winning power-play goal in a 3-2 victory against the Hurricanes on Sunday. The numbers of this 5-foot-8, undrafted 24-year-old are incredible. He now owns 22 goals and 52 points with a plus-24 rating in 58 games this season. In his last 43 games, he has 17 goals and 43 points. If not for injuries that kept him out for 20 games, Sheary could be third in points on the Penguins behind only Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. And because of all the Pittsburgh injuries, Sheary could continue to feast on the power play while skating on the top man-advantage unit during the final week.
Sheary (lower body) will lace up his skates for Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks. Sheary suffered a minor lower-body issue in Sunday's contest, but he participated during Tuesday's practice and won't miss a game because of the ailment. He'll slot in alongside Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust on the top line, looking to add to his 50 points (21 goals, 29 assists) over 55 games this season in a tough matchup against a Blackhawks club that's allowed 2.71 goals per game in 14 March contests.
Sheary (lower body) is "probable" to slot back into the lineup against the Blackhawks on Wednesday, according to coach Mike Sullivan. Sheary left Sunday's contest after logging just 3:56 of ice time, but he appears to have recovered quickly. The 24-year-old will almost certainly resume his role on Sidney Crosby's left wing, an assignment that has seen him reach the 50-point mark in just his second NHL season. As long as he remains on the Pens' first line, the Massachusetts native will be a top-end fantasy option in most formats.
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