Nick Spaling LW PIT 5 Days

Spaling assisted on both Pittsburgh goals Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Blues.

He'd gone five straight off the scoresheet before this little outburst and is a generally unreliable offensive contributor, with a modest 25 points to show for the season. At age 26, he's not showing any sign of developing into anything more than a bottom-six forward.

Nick Spaling LW PIT 16 Days

Spaling registered an assist in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Oilers.

The assist snapped a 10-game pointless skid for Spaling, representing his longest drought of the season. Locked into a bottom-six role with the Penguins, Spaling shouldn't be expected to provide offense with much consistency.

Nick Spaling LW PIT 2 Months

Spaling tallied a goal in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Red Wings.The return of Blake Comeau (upper body) to the lineup bumped Spaling off the Evgeni Malkin line, but the winger was able to pick up his eighth goal of the season despite the dropoff in talent surrounding him. With 21 points over 54 games, Spaling isn't much more than a complementary scorer for the Penguins, limiting his value to deeper formats.

Nick Spaling LW PIT 2 Months

Spaling finished with an assist and a plus-2 rating over his 17:40 of ice time in Tuesday's win over the Wild.

The forward has assists in three of his last five games, during which he's provided a collective plus-6 rating. Spaling's plus/minus should remain strong while he continues to see favorable matchups on the Pens' second line, but he'll need to show an uptick in shot attempts (just five in his last five games) to warrant a pickup in most formats.

Nick Spaling LW PIT 3 Months

Spaling scored one goal and assisted on a second one in Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over the Panthers on Saturday.

He scored from long range for a soft goal on Florida netminder, Roberto Luongo. Spaling's stint as a top-six forward is mostly over, given the Pens' improving health (at the forward position), but he continues to produce. Spaling now has two goals and six points in his last six games.

Nick Spaling LW PIT 4 Months

Spaling (nose) is fine to play Friday against the Flames, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Spaling took a cut to his nose during Tuesday's practice that forced him out of the remainder of the session, but it wasn't anything that a bandage couldn't fix. In addition to seeing regular line work the last couple of days, Spaling also joined the team's second power-play unit at Thursday's practice, illustrating that he's fully healthy.

Nick Spaling LW PIT 4 Months

Spaling left Tuesday's practice after sustaining a cut on his nose, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Coach Mike Johnston said after the session that Spaling's injury wasn't serious. With the Penguins not playing their next game until Friday, it seems likely that Spaling won't have to miss any time on account of the minor scrape.

Nick Spaling LW PIT 4 Months

Spaling scored his fourth goal of the season and added an assist Monday against the Rangers.

Spaling, who matched a season-high with three shots, finished with a plus-1 rating and two PIM. He continues to skate with Sidney Crosby at even strength, but had totaled just one assist in seven games prior to Monday. He now has 10 points (4G, 6A) in 27 contests.

Nick Spaling LW PIT 4 Months

Spaling continues to skate with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist at even strength, giving him fantasy value while he serves as a top-six forward.

Although it's unlikely he sticks with Pittsburgh's top line for an extended period, Spaling figures to pick up the occasional point through osmosis with Crosby and Hornqvist. With Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) out for six months and Beau Bennett (knee) sidelined for two weeks, Spaling could serve as a useful fantasy piece in the short run. He's got eight points in 22 games for Pittsburgh after totaling 32 points in 71 contests with Nashville last season.

Nick Spaling LW PIT 4 Months

Spaling will serve as a second-line left winger next to Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist on Tuesday.

He saw time on the team's No. 2 line Saturday and set Malkin up for his goal against the Rangers. With Pascal Dupuis (undisclosed) sidelined Tuesday, Spaling will continue seeing top-six minutes. Whenever the team gets healthier, look for the former Preds forward to move in and out of Pittsburgh's top-six on a game-by-game basis. He's totaled five points (2G,3A) in 16 contests thus far in 2014-15.