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.
Rust (undisclosed) left Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jackets after a collision with Adam McQuaid and didn't return for the second period, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Rust went immediately to the dressing room after this hit. If the 26-year-old winger can't return for this outing, he'll look to get healthy for Friday's game versus the Sabres.
Rust scored his 17th goal of the year in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Devils.
Rust's goal gave the Penguins their first lead of the game in the second period, with an assist from left wing Jake Guentzel. He extends his career high in tallies and now has 31 points in 59 games. Rust is currently on Sidney Crosby's line, providing a boost to his value, although skating with Evgeni Malkin as he has at times this season is nothing to sneeze at.
Rust scored a shorthanded goal in the Pens' 3-1 win over Edmonton on Wednesday.
Matt Cullen and Brian Dumoulin drew the assists on the goal. Rust sits eight points back of tying his career high for points in a season with 38. The top-line winger has found the scoresheet in three straight contests, totaling four points over that stretch.
Rust scored two goals on four shots in a 5-3 victory against the Senators on Friday.
The 26-year-old had a hard time scoring early in the season, but Rust is now just a goal shy of his career high. Starting with his hat trick against the Blackhawks on Dec. 12, Rust has 13 goals and 19 points in the last 21 games -- he had one goal in the first 29 contests. With 14 goals and 26 points in 50 games this season, Rust not only has a chance to post a career high in goals but also in points.
Rust garnered an assist versus the Lightning on Wednesday.
Rust has tallied 12 goals and 12 assists in 49 contests this season, primarily serving in a top-six role. The winger needs just four more goals to set a new career high and could top his 38-point mark from last season.
Rust tickled the twine and fired five shots on goal in Monday's loss to the Devils.
Rust isn't working with Sidney Crosby at the moment, but placement on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel is hardly a demotion. He recorded his first goal after failing to light the lamp in five straight games, and Rust now has 12 goals and 23 points in 48 games.
Rust scored two goals in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Panthers.
Rust snapped a six-game goal drought with his first goal. His second goal, of which came shorthanded, was also his 100th career point. Rust continues to provide consistent and timely offense for the Penguins and is now up to 11 goals and 21 points this season.
Rust (lower body) will return to action Wednesday against the Rangers.
Rust will return to a prominent role Wednesday, skating with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel on the Penguins' top line. The 26-year-old American has been a solid secondary scorer for Pittsburgh this season, notching nine goals and 18 points in 38 appearances.
Rust (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's matchup with the Rangers, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Rust was in attendance at Wednesday's game-day skate and took rushes alongside Sidney Crosby, per Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop, which means his designation as a game-time call is probably just a formality. While all signs point to Rust suiting up, fantasy owners will likely have to wait until warmups for final confirmation of his status. Prior to getting hurt, the winger racked up eight goals in his previous nine games and was clearly benefiting from playing with Sid the Kid.
Rust (lower body) will sit out Monday's road game versus the Wild.
He'll miss the first game of Pittsburgh's mini two-game road trip but hopefully won't miss much time beyond that. Rust's next opportunity to play will comes Wednesday in New York.
Rust sustained a lower-body injury in Saturday's road game against the Blues, Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told reporters that he would disclose more information about Rust -- who only logged 5:33 of ice time before departing -- in the morning. The team will head to Minnesota for a New Year's Eve contest, and with any luck, the Pens will be able to deploy the top-six skater who has compiled eight goals and five helpers over 14 games in December.
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