Paul Martin D PIT 4 Days

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 17 Days

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 18 Days

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.

Paul Martin D PIT 20 Days

Paul Martin (hand) took part in Monday's practice.

"It was just good in general to be out with the guys," said Martin. "It's been a long couple weeks, so it's nice to see light at end of the tunnel and get back to practice and hopefully play soon." He's been out for 17 straight contests, but might be back this weekend. That being said, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma cautioned that there's no concrete date for his return yet.

Paul Martin D PIT 25 Days

Paul Martin (hand) has resumed skating.

He's slated to have another X-ray on his hand this weekend. He suffered a broken hand during the Sochi Olympics, which required surgery to repair.

Paul Martin D PIT 2 Months

Penguins defenseman Paul Martin, who broke his right hand while playing for Team USA at the Olympics, had surgery Thursday.

Coach Dan Bylsma said doctors felt that surgery "would be a better avenue for recovery, a quicker recovery." Martin is a top-notch, stay-at-home blueliner. His offensive numbers this season: two goals, 10 assists, in 33 games.

Paul Martin D PIT 2 Months

Paul Martin sustained a broken hand during the Winter Olympics.

Martin will miss the next four-to-six weeks as a result. Realistically, his season is now essentially done from a fantasy perspective, but the Penguins will at least get him back in time for the playoffs.

Paul Martin D PIT 2 Months

Paul Martin's hand injury isn't expected to sidelined him for the remainder of the season, but that is subject to change.

Pittsburgh still needs to evaluate him, so this timetable might prove to be inaccurate. Still, the most important thing to the Penguins at this point is that Martin is available for the playoffs. They already have a firm lead on the Metropolitan Division title and this injury does nothing to put that in jeopardy. It looks like the impact to fantasy teams might prove to be greater than that to the Penguins.

Paul Martin D PIT 2 Months

Paul Martin reportedly has a hand injury, not an illness.

Either way Martin will not play against Canada in the Olympic semifinals, but this might be a much more significant problem than it originally looked like. There's no word yet on the severity of Martin's hand injury, but it would be a big setback for the Penguins if he's not available by the start of the playoffs.

Paul Martin D PIT 2 Months

Paul Martin is dealing with an illness.

That explains why Martin will not be participating in America's semifinals match against Canada. As previously reported, Justin Faulk has been inserted into the United States' lineup as a result.