Rust scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 6-1 victory over the Maple Leafs. The goal came while shorthanded.
So, suddenly this guy is a fantasy beast. Rust has 10 points, including six goals, in just nine games this season. Check your wire to see if he's out there. Rust won't maintain this pace, but he can clearly deliver secondary scoring.
Rust scored the game-tying goal while adding two shots and three hits in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over Chicago.
Rust's backdoor goal midway through the third period tied the game at 2-2 and sent things into overtime. After missing the first 11 games of the season, Rust has been scorching hot since joining the lineup. He has recorded at least one point in each of his six games, including four goals in his last three outings. That's incredible production for a 27-year-old whose best season is a 38-point campaign in 2017-18. He scored a career-high 18 goals last season, so perhaps he's unlocked something. Rust's current production will cool eventually, but he could be a good waiver wire addition while he's hot.
Rust scored two goals -- including the overtime winner -- in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Islanders.
Rust notched the middle tally in Pittsburgh's third-period comeback before adding the unassisted winner in overtime. The two-goal performance doubles Rust's season goal total to four, and he's yet to be held without a point in five games played this season.
Rust scored a goal in a 3-0 win over Dallas on Saturday.
Missing the season's first 11 contests, Rust got his first taste of game action Saturday and wasted no time making an impact, scoring his first goal of the season midway through the second period. In a top-six role, the 27-year-old will see plenty of opportunities to get on the scoresheet, but Rust has never eclipsed 40 points in a season, making him a good-but-not-great asset in fantasy.
Rust (hand) has been removed from injured reserve ahead of Saturday's game against the Stars and is expected to make his season debut in the contest.
Rust will jump right into a top-six role for his season debut. The 27-year-old winger potted a career-best 18 goals last season, and he shouldn't have trouble cracking double digits again this season, even with all the time he's missed.
Rust (hand) is listed as a game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Stars, Seth Rorabaugh of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Rust worked on the second line with Nick Bjugstad (lower body) and Patric Hornqvist during Friday's practice, and it looks like he has a good shot to get back into the lineup. The 27-year-old is still on IR, so he'll need to be lifted before he gets the chance to play. If he's able to go, this would be Rust's season debut. He racked up 35 points over 72 games last season.
Rust (hand) was slotted into a second-line role at Friday's practice, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Rust is eligible to come off long-term injured reserve ahead of Saturday's matchup with Dallas and his inclusion in line rushes could be an indication that Pittsburgh plans to do just that. If he does make his 2019-20 debut Saturday, it figures to be in a top-six role alongside Nick Bjugstad (lower body) and Patric Hornqvist. The 27-year-old Rust's late start to the season could limit his chances of reaching the 35-point mark for a third straight year.
Rust (hand) wore a non-contact jersey during Monday's practice.
Rust appears to be closing in on a return, as he was spotted using both hands on his stick, according to Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The 27-year-old still needs to practice without limitations before he re-enters the lineup, and since he's on long-term injured reserve, Rust won't be able to play until Saturday's contest against the Lightning.
Rust (hand) was spotted Tuesday on the ice going through a workout, Dave Molinari of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
As Molinari notes, Rust was skating with his stick in his right hand rather than his injured left hand, so a return to game action shouldn't be viewed as imminent. Once healthy, the 27-year-old could be called upon to serve in a second- or third-line role for Pittsburgh.
Rust (hand) was placed on long-term injured reserve Tuesday, ruling him out for at least the first 11 games of the season, Dave Molinari of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Due to the 24-day requirement, Rust will be forced to miss the first 11 games, instead of just 10. The winger likely would have started the year on the second line alongside Evgeni Malkin, but could see the spot taken over by Brandon Tanev. Given the 26-year-old Rust's versatility, he likely will play all over the Penguins' lineup this year, which makes him a risky option in season-long formats, but a potential boon for DFS players when in a top-six role.
Rust had to go to the locker room after blocking a shot with his hand in Saturday's preseason game against the Sabres, Dave Molinari of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
The Penguins are experiencing a worst-case scenario in their final preseason tilt, as Sidney Crosby also had to exit this one after blocking a shot. Rust will hope to return in time for Thursday's season opener against these same Sabres.
Rust finished Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Carolina with two assists.
Playing in just his second game since missing nine due to injury, Rust played a part in both Pittsburgh goals Tuesday night. The two helpers move the winger up to 33 points in 2018-19, just five back of last season's career-best, 38-point campaign.
Rust registered three shots, two hits and one block in Sunday's defeat to Philadelphia.
Rust was making his first appearance in the lineup since Feb. 26 against Columbus. While the winger won't replace Evgeni Malkin's scoring touch, his reintroduction to the lineup at least gives coach Mike Sullivan options and prevents the team from having to promote a player from the minors. For the time being, Rust figures to slot into the second-line with Teddy Blueger and Phil Kessel.
Rust (lower body) is expected to suit up for Sunday's game against the Flyers.
Rust missed the last nine games after suffering an injury in a Feb. 26 matchup against Columbus. The 26-year-old has a career-high 17 goals this season and will be a welcomed addition to the Penguins' deep forward group.
Rust (lower body) is a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Flyers, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Rust has missed the last nine games with this injury, but was a full participant in practice Friday for the first time since sustaining the injury. Of course, more information should become available closer to puck drop. If the 26-year-old winger is a go, he should slide back into a top-six role.
Rust (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Saturday's game against St. Louis.
Rust was a full participant at practice for the first time since suffering his lower-body injury Friday, so he's clearly trending in the right direction, but he'll have to wait for Sunday's matchup with Philadelphia for his next opportunity to rejoin the lineup. Once cleared, the 26-year-old winger will likely return to a top-six role.
Rust (lower body) ditched the non-contact sweater for Friday's practice session and could return during Pittsburgh's upcoming back-to-back, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Rust appears to be trending in the right direction and could be an option for coach Mike Sullivan in either Saturday or Sunday's clash with the Blues and Flyers, respectively. The winger was filling a top-six role alongside Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel prior to getting hurt, but the emergence of Teddy Blueger could relegate Rust to a bottom-six assignment to start.
Rust (lower body) was on the ice in a non-contact sweater for Thursday's game-day skate, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Rust won't be ready to return to action versus the Sabres on Thursday, but making the trip with the team and being able to skate are both steps in the right direction. With Zach Aston-Reese (lower body) facing a long-term absence, the Pens could certainly use Rust. For now, Teddy Blueger will continue to slot in on the second line, a spot that will likely go to Rust once the Michigan native is cleared to play.
Rust is expected to miss some time, as coach Mike Sullivan told reporters, "Rust is longer term with a lower-body injury."
The bench boss didn't provide a specific timeline for Rust's recovery, but at best, the winger should probably be considered week-to-week until the team provides more information. In need of a player to fill out the lineup in Rust's absence, the leading candidate figures to be Theodor Blueger, who racked up four points in nine games during his previous stint in the NHL. Meanwhile, Dominik Simon could see an uptick in ice time and figures to join Jared McCann and Nick Bjugstad on the third line.
Rust didn't return to Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jackets after sustaining a lower-body injury, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
He left the game in the first period and didn't return, but this clears up the nature of Rust's condition. The Penguins now only have 11 healthy forwards on the roster, so they'll need to dip into their AHL affiliate if Rust can't play Friday versus the Sabres.
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