Schultz notched two assists, one on the power play, in Thursday's 5-4 overtime win over the Blue Jackets. The 27-year-old now has six points, all helpers, in his last six games, but his four goals and 26 points in 62 games on the season are barely above half of his 2016-17 production, and Schultz's 3.7 percent shooting is a career low.
Schultz tallied three assists in a 5-4 overtime win against the Flyers on Sunday. After breaking out with 51 points last season, Schultz has struggled this year. In fact, he was scoreless in seven games prior to this outburst. However, even with this three-point day, the 27-year-old only has 23 points in 57 games -- four of which are goals.
Schultz is pointless in his previous seven outings. After racking up 51 points last season, expectations were high that Schultz could have another strong offensive campaign. Unfortunately for fantasy owners that bought in on the hype, the defenseman has been limited to just 56 games due to various injuries and has managed a mere 20 points on the year. Despite the slump, the British Columbia native continues to see power-play minutes (2:09), in which he has notched a paltry seven helpers. The Pens don't have a lot of better options for blue line scoring -- outside of Kris Letang -- so it's unlikely coach Mike Sullivan will pull Schultz from the power play any time soon.
Schultz (illness) practiced Tuesday and is slated to play in Friday's road game against the Hurricanes, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. As noted in the report, Schultz's return will allow head coach Mike Sullivan to more evenly distribute the minutes among his blueliners. The B.C. native posted a career-high 51 points (12 goals, 39 assists) through 78 games with the Penguins last season, but he's seen a slight reduction in power-play ice time this year. Moreover, the 27-year-old's shooting percentage has come back down to earth (4.3 percent) after he put a 7.8 value on the season ledger in 2016-17. Still, he remains a viable option in deep leagues, particularly those that give bonuses for blocked shots.
Schultz (illness) will not suit up for Sunday's game in Columbus, Jonathan Bombulie of TribLive.com reports. Schultz also missed the Saturday victory over the Maple Leafs. Fortunately for him, Pittsburgh next game isn't until Friday, which should be plenty of time for him to get healthy. The 27-year-old blueliner is in the midst of a disappointing season with just 17 points after last year's 51-point output.
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