Aston-Reese (upper body) will take part in Wednesday's Game 1 against the Islanders, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Aston-Reese will flank Matt Cullen and Garrett Wilson on the Pens' bottom line for the playoff opener. The second-year forward compiled 17 points -- eight goals and nine assists -- while posting a 10.5 shooting percentage in 2018-19, good enough to earn his inclusion on the postseason roster. While his involvement may be limited a bit more in the playoffs, Aston-Reese could still be utilized as a lineup filler in daily contests.
Aston-Reese (upper body) will be a game-time call for Game 1 versus the Islanders on Wednesday, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports. If Aston-Reese is cleared to play Wednesday, he almost certainly won't get the benefit of hopping back onto Sidney Crosby's line, which will minimize his fantasy value. More likely, the natural center will slot into Garrett Wilson's spot on the fourth line, along with seeing time on the penalty kill.
Aston-Reese (upper body) ditched the non-contract jersey for Monday's practice session, Jonathan Bombulie of TribLive.com reports. Aston-Reese has been out of action since Mar. 10 versus the Bruins, a stretch of 13 games on the shelf. Once cleared to play, the Staten Island native will likely bounce Garrett Wilson from the lineup and slot into a fourth-line role, though he could find himself watching from the press box as a healthy scratch as well.
Aston-Reese (upper body) took part in morning skates Sunday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. It was the first time Aston-Reese resumed skating since suffering his injury March 10. The Northeastern University product has 17 points in 43 games while battling multiple long-term injuries.
Aston-Reese (upper body) continues to be limited to off-ice activities, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports. Aston-Reese was expected to be out long term, so the fact that he is still not skating shouldn't come as a huge surprise. The emergence of Teddy Blueger could make it difficult for Aston-Reese to work his way back into the lineup even once cleared to play. At this point, the center is likely done for the regular season and won't be an option until the playoffs.
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