DTDJustin Schultz
D PIT
22 hours ago

Coach Mike Sullivan indicated Friday that Schultz will be a game-time decision for Saturday's matchup against the Sharks, Penguins Insider Josh Getzoff reports.

EDGE Analysis

Schultz himself suggested he's "good to go" for Saturday's contest, but his availability will be in the hands of trainers and coach Sullivan. He likely lands more on the probable end of the spectrum, but interested parties should keep an eye on his status heading into the contest. Confirmation should arrive closer to the opening faceoff Saturday.

DTDJustin Schultz
D PIT
1 day ago

Schultz left Thursday's 3-1 win over the Kings in the third period after taking a nasty hit from LA's Dustin Brown, but he was given a clean bill of health by the Penguins' training staff after undergoing further evaluation, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brown was given a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct for his hit on Schultz, and he'll have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety regarding further discipline on Friday. Schultz should be ready to take on a full workload Saturday against the Sharks.

DTDJustin Schultz
D PIT
2 weeks ago

Schultz logged just 19:51 of ice time in his return from injury against Philadelphia on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Schultz's minutes did include 1:04 on the second power-play unit, but were nearly a minute behind his 2016-17 numbers (20:27) when he was healthy. The defesneman's 11-game absence was his second extended stretch on the sidelines, having previous missed six games earlier in the year. Reunited with Ian Cole -- for now -- the 27-year-old should hopefully settle into his game in the coming days.

DTDJustin Schultz
D PIT
3 weeks ago

Schultz (lower body) will play Tuesday against the Flyers.

EDGE Analysis

Schultz will suit up for the first time since a Dec. 5 matchup against the Rangers, when he suffered this injury. The Penguins may ease him back into the lineup, but he's still expected to play on the power play as well as the second defensive rotation. With just two goals and eight assists through his first 23 games, fantasy owners may want to wait until he gets a game under his belt before deploying Schultz again.

DTDJustin Schultz
D PIT
3 weeks ago

Schultz (lower body) will be a game-time decision against the Flyers on Tuesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Schultz was a full participant at practice -- including working on the second power-play unit, per Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop -- so it is probably pretty safe to assume he will return to the lineup. In addition, coach Mike Sullivan is notorious for using the "game-time decision" tag for returning players. The defenseman is technically still on IR, but Pittsburgh cleared space under the 23-man roster limit Monday, which will allow it to activate Schultz prior to puck drop.

DTDJustin Schultz
D PIT
3 weeks ago

Schultz (lower body) was in a non-contact jersey during Saturday's practice, but said, "I was going as hard as I could today. I felt pretty good."

EDGE Analysis

We're not aware of any changes in Schultz's estimated timetable for a return. He's still expected to return by the middle of next week, which would either be Tuesday on the road against the Flyers or possibly not until Thursday's home clash with the Hurricanes. This undoubtedly will make it tough for fantasy owners to decide on his status in weekly leagues, so line up alternatives just in case it starts to look like Schultz won't return until later next week.

DTDJustin Schultz
D PIT
3 weeks ago

Schultz (lower body) could return by the middle of next week, according to Penguins GM Jim Rutherford, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

The same goes for Kris Letang, who is working his way back from a lower-body injury of his own. Schultz has missed the past nine games, with the Pens waddling their way to just four wins over that stretch. Of course, fantasy owners should consider activating Schultz as soon as he's ready, as the B.C. native is a power-play weapon with supreme on-ice awareness that typically leads to an abundance of assists each season. He's struggled in the first half of 2017-18, though, delivering two goals to supplement eight apples through 23 contests.

DTDJustin Schultz
D PIT
3 weeks ago

Schultz (lower body) skated prior to Wednesday's practice, Josh Getzoff of Pens TV reports.

EDGE Analysis

Schultz continues to check one box after another as he returns to the ice. Next up for the defenseman will be joining his teammates for practice. The 27-year-old appears to be on track for his potential Jan. 2 return date against the Flyers, so don't be surprised if he joins the team on its upcoming three-game road trip.

DTDJustin Schultz
D PIT
1 month ago

Schultz (lower body) is "making significant progress," in his recovery, according to coach Mike Sullivan.

EDGE Analysis

While the news is certainly encouraging, Sullivan also told reporters that "the next step is getting (Schultz) on the ice and after that we will have a timetable,". Reading between the lines, this means the defenseman has yet to resume skating and has no clear time frame for when he might be back. Although his potential return date of Jan. 2 versus Philadelphia seems to still be an option, Schultz has a long road ahead of him.

DTDJustin Schultz
D PIT
1 month ago

General manager Jim Rutherford expects Schultz (lower body) to return to the lineup in "around two weeks," Josh Yohe of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.

EDGE Analysis

Schultz was initially given a two-week timetable when he was placed on injured reserve Dec. 7, but it appears as though his recovery isn't progressing as expected. The 27-year-old blueliner will now set his sights on making his return to the lineup Jan. 2 against the Flyers. Jamie Oleksiak, who the Penguins acquired via trade Tuesday, will round out Pittsburgh's depth at defense until Schultz is given the green light.