Coach Mike Sullivan indicated Friday that Schultz will be a game-time decision for Saturday's matchup against the Sharks, Penguins Insider Josh Getzoff reports. Schultz himself suggested he's "good to go" for Saturday's contest, but his availability will be in the hands of trainers and coach Sullivan. He likely lands more on the probable end of the spectrum, but interested parties should keep an eye on his status heading into the contest. Confirmation should arrive closer to the opening faceoff Saturday.
Schultz left Thursday's 3-1 win over the Kings in the third period after taking a nasty hit from LA's Dustin Brown, but he was given a clean bill of health by the Penguins' training staff after undergoing further evaluation, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Brown was given a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct for his hit on Schultz, and he'll have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety regarding further discipline Friday. Schultz should be ready to take on a full workload Saturday against the Sharks.
Schultz logged just 19:51 of ice time in his return from a lower-body injury against Philadelphia on Tuesday. Schultz's minutes did include 1:04 on the second power-play unit, but that was nearly a minute behind his 2016-17 numbers (20:27) when he was healthy. The defenseman's 11-game absence was his second extended stretch on the sidelines, as he missed six games earlier in the year. Reunited with Ian Cole -- for now -- the 27-year-old should hopefully settle into his game in the coming days.
Schultz (lower body) will play Tuesday against the Flyers. Schultz will suit up for the first time since a Dec. 5 matchup against the Rangers, when he suffered this injury. The Penguins may ease him back into the lineup, but he's still expected to play on the power play as well as the second defensive rotation. With just two goals and eight assists through his first 23 games, fantasy owners may want to wait until he gets a game under his belt before deploying Schultz again.
Schultz (lower body) will be a game-time decision against the Flyers on Tuesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Schultz was a full participant at practice -- including working on the second power-play unit, per Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop -- so it is probably pretty safe to assume he will return to the lineup. In addition, coach Mike Sullivan is notorious for using the "game-time decision" tag for returning players. The defenseman is technically still on IR, but Pittsburgh cleared space under the 23-man roster limit Monday, which will allow it to activate Schultz prior to puck drop.
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