Paul Martin D PIT 19 Days

Martin collected a power-play assist and five blocked shots Tuesday in a 4-1 win over the Wild.

Pittsburgh reunited Martin with Kris Letang on its top defensive pairing Tuesday and the results paid immediate dividends. The two blueliners each topped 27 minutes of play and helped to keep the puck out of Pittsburgh's end. Martin's helper on the man advantage was his first of the year on the power play, giving him one goal and three points in 11 contests.

Paul Martin D PIT 24 Days

Martin was held pointless with a plus-1 rating in just over 17 minutes (17:17) of action Thursday against Los Angeles.

He made it through the contest without missing a shift. The Pittsburgh defenseman, who missed Wednesday's practice due to a stiff back, saw 3:06 TOI penalty killing but just 20 seconds on the power play.

Paul Martin D PIT 25 Days

Martin will play Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice with a stiff back, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The Penguins have looked to minimize Martin's role, as the defender is in the final year of a five-year, $25 million contract and is expected to be traded at the deadline. However, with Olli Maatta expected to miss the month of November following thyroid surgery, Martin could move back into a more offensive role. He's averaging 59 seconds on the second-line power play, a number which could rise in November with Maatta out. Martin has two even-strength points in eight games and ranks third on the Pens with 11 blocked shots.

Paul Martin D PIT 5 Months

Paul Martin will likely be testing free agency next summer.

Martin is entering the final year of a contract that carries a $5 million cap hit. The Penguins think the 33-year-old wants to test the market next summer, and new general manger Jim Rutherford is keen on getting the team's best defensive prospects into the fold. Martin tallied 15 points in 39 games last season, and has been considered the team's best defenseman the past two seasons, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Paul Martin D PIT 7 Months

Paul Martin is sixth in the league with an average of 27:32 minutes per game.

Martin is also tied for third place among defenders with eight points in 10 postseason games. "He's huge. He's been huge all playoffs long," Kris Letang said. "He's a really calm guy on the back end. He's really poised with the puck, plays big minutes against top guys. He does everything well on the ice, so he's been a huge asset for us." He was limited to just 39 games during the regular season, but as long as he's healthy, he should continue to be one of the most important players on the Penguins' roster, which is saying a lot given the star power they have.

Paul Martin D PIT 7 Months

Paul Martin has bounced back substantially over the last two seasons.

Martin wasn't pleased with his first two campaigns with the Penguins in 2010-2011 and 2011-12, but he's managed to elevate his game with the help of assistant coach Todd Reirden. "He's just completely different than he was two years ago," Reirden said. "And it's not always what people notice. He's committed to being in the gym now. He's always had that uncanny ability to make the game look easy. With the added strength and a better conditioning level now, he wins more puck battles. He's winning 50/50 battles now, which gives him the puck more often. And he's great with the puck. I like this version of Paul much more than the one two years ago." Martin has eight assists and a plus-nine rating in nine playoff games.

Paul Martin D PIT 7 Months

Paul Martin recorded two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.

Martin is on a four game point streak. He has a league-leading eight assists in four playoff contests. He won't maintain that pace, but if the Penguins enjoy a lengthy playoff run, then there's a good chance that Martin will end up as one of the NHL's top scoring defensemen.

Paul Martin D PIT 7 Months

Paul Martin had two assists in Pittsburgh's 4-3 win over Columbus in Game 1 of the first round.

Martin missed the better part of the regular season, but the big thing for Pittsburgh is that he's healthy now. He had two goals and 11 points in 15 games during the Penguins' 2013 playoff run.

Paul Martin D PIT 8 Months

Paul Martin scored a power-play goal in his return from a hand injury.

Martin missed nearly two months due to the injury. He has three goals and 13 points in 34 games this season.

Paul Martin D PIT 8 Months

Paul Martin (hand) will be back in the lineup Thursday versus Winnipeg.

He was injured during the 2014 Sochi Olympics while playing for the United States and hasn't played for the Penguins since Feb. 7. Martin has 12 points in 33 games this season.