Maatta was acquired by the Blackhawks from the Penguins on Saturday in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun and a 2019 fifth-round pick. Maatta missed some time due to a shoulder injury this season and had one goal and 13 assists in 60 games with the Penguins. The 24-year-old averaged 18:35 of ice time and was third on the team with 116 blocked shots.
Maatta (shoulder) has been activated off injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. While he's officially a game-time decision, Maatta's activation from IR removes doubt that he will gain clearance against the Preds. With Kris Letang (upper body) still on the shelf, Maatta should get a look on the second power-play unit as well. Looking ahead to the rest of the season, once Tanger is cleared to play, Maatta may struggle to hold off Marcus Pettersson for the final spot on the Pens blue line.
Maatta (shoulder) is considered a game-time decision for Friday's matchup with the Predators, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports. Maatta's potential return would help bolster a blue line that might still be without the services of Kris Letang (upper body) on Friday. The 24-year-old Maatta missed the last 21 games due to his shoulder injury. Whenever the Finn does slot back into the lineup, he figures to find himself on the second power-play unit as well, where he's notched four of his 13 points this season.
Maatta (shoulder) will remain sidelined Monday against the Rangers, Penguins Play-by-Play voice Josh Getzoff reports. Maatta's next chance to take part in his first game action since Feb. 11 will come Friday against Nashville.
Maatta (shoulder) has not been cleared to play Saturday against the Stars, Jeff Miller of NHL.com reports. Maatta has made a big step forward by gaining clearance for contact at practice, but there's still no clear date for his return to the lineup. Even when he's cleared to play, there's no guarantee he will draw in nightly over Marcus Pettersson.
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