Schultz (lower leg) was back on the ice Saturday for the first time since sustaining a fracture, Pens Inside Scoop reports. "It's a big step that he's back on the ice," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "I know he's excited. It's been a long time for him. These guys are built to be hockey players. They want to be on the ice." Schultz is just now returning to the ice after picking up the leg injury in the fourth game of the season. Pittsburgh boasts the league's fifth-best power play (27.2 percent), and Schultz will probably only help in that department once he returns -- possibly in mid-February.
Schultz (lower leg) has yet to resume skating, as coach Mike Sullivan told reporters, "It has not happened to this point, but we do anticipate it happening soon." The Penguins have been expecting Schultz to get back on the ice soon for over a week now, which certainly raises some doubts about his original timetable of a mid-February return. Once the defenseman is cleared to play, the team will need to make a decision on whether to permanently move Chad Ruhwedel -- who is on assignment in the minors -- to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which means he'd go on waivers.
Schultz (lower leg) has been placed on injured reserve, per the NHL media site. Considering he will remain sidelined for at least the next four months, Schultz's placement on injured reserve shouldn't come as much of shock to the system. Based on the timetable, Schultz will likely be looking at a late-season return with the potential to contribute in the postseason as well.
Schultz had surgery to repair a fracture in his lower leg and is expected to miss at least four months, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports. Well, this is a pretty big blow to the Penguins' defense, and also their power play. The 28-year-old had four assists in four games to start the year, and he had double-digit points with the extra man in each of his two previous seasons with Pittsburgh. Chad Ruhwedel has been a healthy scratch every game, but that's probably about to change.
Schultz (ankle) missed practice Monday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. Schultz had to be helped off the ice Saturday after suffering this injury, and it looks like the issue is lingering. The Penguins play Tuesday at home against the Canucks before heading on a Canadian road trip. It seems unlikely that he will be able to get healthy before Pittsburgh's next contest, which could mean more minutes for Juuso Riikola and Chad Ruhwedel.
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