Paul Martin D PIT 12 Days

Martin had a rare multi-point evening Tuesday, scoring a goal and adding an assist to go with five blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in a 7-2 demolition of Minnesota.

He doesn't get on the board often these days, as Martin still hasn't hit double-digit points for the season. This can safely be written off as Martin coming along with his teammates on their offensive binge against the hapless Wild.

Paul Martin D PIT 18 Days

Martin (undisclosed) will return to the ice Wednesday against the Bruins.

Martin hasn't seen the ice since Dec. 18, but will return to the Penguins' first defensive pairing alongside Kris Letang. The 33-year-old had recorded seven points in 31 contests prior to suffering the injury.

Paul Martin D PIT 19 Days

Martin (undisclosed) was activated from injured reserve Wednesday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Though coach Mike Johnston wouldn't definitively say that Martin would play Wednesday against the Bruins, the blueliner's activation almost surely indicates that will be the case. With Scott Harrington dispatched to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to open up a roster sport, Martin figures to claim a spot on the top pairing next to Kris Letang. Martin doesn't offer an overwhelming amount of offensive ability, but the Olympian might be the Penguins' top shutdown defender.

Paul Martin D PIT 19 Days

Coach Mike Johnston indicated Martin (undisclosed) that even if Martin can't go Wednesday against Bruins, he will play Saturday against the Canadiens, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Martin hasn't been officially ruled out for Wednesday's game either, so it's possible he will return before Saturday as he practiced Tuesday. If he winds up being unavailable Wednesday, either Scott Harrington or Derrick Pouliot would likely draw into the lineup in his place.

Paul Martin D PIT 21 Days

Martin (undisclosed) didn't practice with the team Monday but did make an appearance as practice was ending and got in some conditioning drills with assistant coach Gary Agnew, Sam Kasan of the Penguins' official site reports.

Martin was aiming for a return Wednesday against the Bruins, but he will likely need to get in a practice session Tuesday for that to be a realistic goal. In the event he is unavailable, the next chance for him to return will come Saturday against the Canadiens.

Paul Martin D PIT 23 Days

Martin (undisclosed) is aiming to return to the lineup Wednesday versus the Bruins, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Martin has been on the ice for over a week, and it appears that he's on the cusp of rejoining the team for full practices. The Penguins will continue to assess Martin's condition as he increases his activities, but probably won't want him back in the lineup until he's 100 percent healthy. Martin last played for the Penguins on Dec. 18.

Paul Martin D PIT 25 Days

Martin (undisclosed) did not practice Thursday.

Martin, who is hoping to make his return this weekend, practiced with the team Tuesday but did not play Wednesday, marking his sixth straight absence. At this point, he should be considered very questionable to play Friday against Tampa Bay.

Paul Martin D PIT 27 Days

Martin (undisclosed) is hoping to resume playing with the Penguins over the weekend.

Martin practiced with the team Tuesday, but coach Mike Johnston has already ruled him out for Wednesday's match versus the Hurricanes, the sixth game in a row he'll have missed. The blueliner has been reporting improvement with each successive day, however, putting a return in sight. He had compiled seven points in 31 games prior to landing on IR.

Paul Martin D PIT 29 Days

Martin (undisclosed) took part in an on-ice workout Sunday, but won't travel with the team to New Jersey for Monday's match. "There's no immediate plans for [Martin] to join the team," coach Mike Johnston said after the session.

A day after suggesting Martin was a "few steps away" from playing, Johnston seemed to backtrack a little bit in his assessment of the blueliner's health. While it doesn't sound like Martin has hit any snags in his recovery, he'll still need some more practice time in order to feel completely comfortable with his health.

Paul Martin D PIT 30 Days

Martin (undisclosed) is getting close to a return and is just a "few steps away", according to coach Mike Johnston.

He won't play Saturday but the veteran blueliner could make his return as soon as Monday. The Pens have missed his elite puck-moving skills. Martin's offense is down -- he has but seven points in 31 games -- but he's averaging nearly two blocked shots per night, with 58 blocks.