Rust has 56 points with a team-leading 27 goals and a plus-14 rating in 55 games this season.
Despite missing the first 11 games of the season with a hand injury, Rust has kicked his game up to a new level. His 27 goals, 29 assists, plus-14 rating and 151 shots on goal are all new career highs. The 27-year-old Notre Dame product has turned himself into one of the Penguins' most important wingers this season.
Rust scored three goals, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Senators.
It's his second three-point performance in 14 games since the beginning of February, but Rust has only two other points (a goal and a helper) during that stretch. Despite his recent erratic production, the 27-year-old winger is now up to 27 goals and 53 points, both career highs, through 51 contests.
Rust scored a goal on four shots in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Kings.
Rust reached the 50-point mark with his team-leading 24th goal of the year. The 27-year-old winger has added 138 shots, 67 hits and a plus-18 rating through 48 appearances in his breakout season. After a cold spell to start February, Rust has managed five points, 14 hits and 13 shots through his last five outings.
Rust scored a goal and two assists, with all but one helper coming on the power play, in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
The winger snapped a six-game point drought with the outburst, but seeing time with the man advantage alongside Sidney Crosby can have that effect. Rust has already put together the best season of his career, and the 27-year-old is now up to 23 goals and 48 points through 44 games.
Rust was held off the scoresheet for the fourth straight game in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Rust has already set career highs in goals (22) and points (45) this season, but his recent slump could be a concern for coach Mike Sullivan. Still, moving Rust off the second line with Evgeni Malkin is not likely to be a point of discussion for the coaching staff unless Rust's slump continues to drag on. The winger will look to get back on track versus Montreal on Friday.
Rust scored the game-winning goal and had two shots with two hits in a 4-3 win over Boston on Sunday.
Rust's dream season continued with his 21st goal of the year Sunday, converting a brilliant centering pass from Evgeni Malkin. The goal put Pittsburgh up 4-3 with 6:25 remaining in regulation and held up as Rust's fourth game-winner. The 27-year-old had entered the 2019-20 season with career highs of 38 points (in 2017-18) and 18 goals (in 2018-19), but he's already blown both out of the water with 21 goals and 43 points in just 35 games.
Rust scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Friday's 2-1 overtime win over the Red Wings.
The 27-year-old winger finished off some tic-tac-toe passing early in the third period with his 20th goal of the season, then helped set up Sidney Crosby for the OT winner. Rust has already set new career highs in goals and points (42) through only 34 games, with five goals and 12 points coming with the man advantage. As long as he keeps getting regular shifts with Crosby and/or Evgeni Malkin, Rusts's breakout campaign should continue unabated.
Rust scored a goal and recorded an assist in Tuesday's victory over Minnesota.
Rust is riding a four-game point streak and has racked up 10 goals and 13 assists in his previous 16 contests. The Michigan native needs just one more tally to reach the 20-goal mark for the first time in his five-year NHL career. At his current pace, the winger could reach the 40-goal threshold before the end of the 2019-20 campaign.
Rust potted a goal and dished an assist in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Avalanche.
Rust is up to 18 tallies this season, matching his goal output from 72 appearances last year. The Michigan native has 37 points, 98 shots on goal and 24 PIM through 30 contests in 2019-20. He's just a point shy of his career-high 38 from 2017-18, which should fall in the next week or so, given his performance lately. Rust's partnership with Evgeni Malkin has worked well -- fantasy owners can attest to the benefits both of them have provided so far.
Rust registered an assist, three shots on goal and three blocked shots in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Rust actually led all Penguins with the three blocks, an impressive feat for a winger. He's no slouch on offense either, with 35 points in just 29 games -- that's the same point total he had in 72 contests last year. The 27-year-old has added 95 shots, 38 hits and a plus-18 rating in 2019-20, which should be the best of his career by a wide margin.
Rust collected a pair of assists, two shots on goal, a plus-2 rating and 12 PIM in Monday's 5-2 win over the Senators.
Rust had a hand in goals by his linemates Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel in the contest. The winger also got involved in a late-game kerfuffle that resulted in a misconduct penalty. Rust has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last nine outings, posting seven goals, eight helpers and a plus-6 rating in that span. The 27-year-old is up to 32 points in 25 appearances this year, just six points shy of his career-best mark of 38 from two seasons ago.
Rust scored twice and added two assists in Saturday's 6-4 victory over Nashville.
His helpers came on the power play. Rust has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in his last 11 games and 30 in 24 games this season. Seven of the points have on the power play. Rust has real chemistry with Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel, and he's about to obliterate his career-best mark of 38 points. Sometimes opportunity trumps skill and that's pretty much the case for Rust. Milk this run for all you can.
Rust (illness) scored the game-winning goal, added an assist and went plus-3 in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Flames.
Rust didn't miss any time with the illness. He extended his point streak to four games (four goals, three helpers) with the two-point effort. Rust has provided 13 goals, 24 points and 71 shots on goal in 20 contests this season. The 27-year-old has produced three game-winners, as well.
Rust (illness) is in the lineup for Tuesday's road tilt against the Flames.
Rust missed Monday's practice due to flu-like symptoms, but as evidenced by this news, he shook off the ailment prior to game time. Now that he's officially back, he's assumed his usual role at right wing on a line Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin. The 27-year-old has been outstanding this year when healthy, racking up 22 points in 19 games.
Rust (illness) will be a game-time call versus Calgary on Tuesday, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Rust missed Monday's practice session with flu symptoms but was able to take the ice and get in some skating Tuesday. If the winger is unable to play against the Flames, the Penguins will need to dress defenseman Juuso Riikola as a forward, as the club doesn't currently have a player upfront. Joseph Blandisi figures to be the odd man out if Rust is in the lineup.
Rust (illness) did not participate in Monday's practice, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Rust's status for Tuesday's contest is up in the air for now as head coach Mike Sullivan said he'll be evaluated Tuesday. The 5-foot-11 winger has 12 goals and 22 points in 19 games this season.
Rust had two goals and an assist with a team-leading six shots in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win over the Kings. He also scored the shootout winner.
Rust single-handedly erased the Kings' 2-0 lead, scoring twice in the second period to tie the game. He also set up Teddy Blueger's go-ahead goal midway through the third period. Rust has been extremely productive of late, collecting points in eight of his last 11 games (seven goals, eight assists).
Rust scored the game-winning goal Thursday in a 1-0 overtime victory over Columbus.
He backhanded the disc through the five-hole at the 3:02 mark of OT. Rust has 19 points, including 10 goals, in 18 games this season. Get him back in your lineup ASAP.
Rust (lower body) will return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Coyotes.
The Penguins and fantasy owners will both be happy to have Rust back in their lineups Friday, as he's been highly productive when healthy this season, racking up nine goals and 17 points in 16 games. The 27-year-old is expected to return to a prominent role, skating on Pittsburgh's first line and top power-play unit against Arizona.
Rust (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Friday's matchup with Arizona, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Rust practiced on the top line alongside Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guntzel, which should set him up to pick up where he left off. Prior to getting hurt, the winger racked up 10 points in his last six games, including a four-point performance versus Vancouver. As long as he continues to play alongside Malkin, the 27-year-old Rust should be considered a top-end fantasy option.
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