Cole notched an assist against the Flyers on Tuesday. Cole won a battle along the boards and was able to chip the puck behind the Philadelphia defensemen, where speedy Conor Sheary was able to pick it up for a breakaway goal. In addition to his helper, the Michigan native registered four hits and eight blocked shots Tuesday, while logging a season-high 22:43 of ice time. Despite the big night, the 28-year-old could still find himself struggling for regular minutes now that Justin Schultz and Kris Letang are back in the lineup.
Cole didn't take part in pregame rushes Friday and is likely to be scratched, Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Cole only has three points in 20 games, but contributes in both hits (26) and blocked shots (35). With Matt Hunwick healthy, Cole will get a day of rest.
Cole recorded two shots, two blocked shots, two hits and four PIM during Thursday's 3-1 win over Ottawa. With just a goal and three points, Cole's not going to be a helpful offensive asset in most fantasy settings. Additionally, he's averaging just 16:48 of ice time per game this season, so his peripheral numbers have also suffered. Thursday's outing was the exception and not the rule through the first 18 games of the campaign.
Cole buried his first goal of the season in the 2-1 overtime win against the Oilers on Tuesday. Cole blasted a wrister past Edmonton's Cam Talbot to break a scoreless tie in the third period. After posting a career-high 26 points last year, the Notre Dame product has started off slow with just two points in seven games. On the bright side, both points have come since his return from taking a puck to the face. Cole has also blocked 12 shots and logged six hits over his last four games.
Cole (mouth) will be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers. The 28-year-old blueliner, who has missed Pittsburgh's last three games due to a mouth injury, will skate with Justin Schultz on the Penguins' second pairing Tuesday evening. He'll look to pick up his first point of the campaign in a matchup with a Rangers team that's allowing 3.50 goals per game this season, 10th in the NHL.
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