Player News - Penguins

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Matt Murray (concussion) returned to practice Saturday morning.

This marks the first time Murray has practiced with his teammates since he sustained a concussion on Feb. 26 after taking a puck to the head. This is great news for the Penguins and Murray owners. "It's a big step for him," coach Mike Sullivan said. "We'll see how he responds to today's practice." Murray hasn't been ruled out yet for Tuesday's game and he will take it day-by-day.
Mar 17 - 12:21 PM

Zach Aston-Reece (upper body) skated on his own after the Pittsburgh's practice Saturday.

Aston-Reese was wearing a no-contact jersey after sustaining an upper-body injury during Tuesday's practice. He did not play Thursday night against Montreal and should be considered day-to-day.
Mar 17 - 12:16 PM

Kris Letang registered a pair of assists in a 5-3 win over Montreal Thursday night.

Letang has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. He has six goals and 44 points in 69 contests this season. He's in 15th place in the blueliner scoring race.
Mar 16 - 5:05 AM

Tristan Jarry kicked out 17 of 20 shots against Montreal Thursday night.

Jarry allowed two goals in the first 6:31 minutes of the contest, but settled down after that. He's allowed at least three goals in three of his last four games, but still has a 3-1-0 record over that stretch.
Mar 15 - 10:39 PM

Evgeni Malkin scored his 40th goal of the season Thursday night.

Malkin is just the third player to reach that milestone in 2017-18 after Alex Ovechkin and Patrik Laine. This is the third time that Malkin has reached the 40-goal milestone with the last time being back in 2011-2012. Unfortunately, Malkin has a lengthy injury history, but he's stayed relatively healthy this season and in addition to his 40 goals, he now has 89 points in 68 games.
Mar 15 - 10:33 PM

Patric Hornqvist scored two goals and registered an assist in a 5-3 win over Montreal.

Hornqvist also fired an incredible 10 shots on goal. Bryan Rust found the back of the net and recorded an assist. Phil Kessel netted his 29th goal of the 2017-18 campaign. Kris Letang registered a pair of assists for the Penguins.
Mar 15 - 10:30 PM

Matt Hunwick is spending Thursday's game in the press box.

It's Hunwick seventh consecutive game as a healthy scratch. He has four goals and nine points in 39 contests in 2017-18.
Mar 15 - 7:38 PM

Tristan Jarry will get the nod Thursday night versus Montreal.

Jarry will get the second half of Pittsburgh's back-to-back situation after Casey DeSmith was in net for Wednesday's 4-3 OT loss to the Rangers. He has posted a 13-6-2 record this season with a 2.76 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.
Mar 15 - 5:48 PM

Bryan Rust (concussion) returned to action in Wednesday's road game against the Rangers, potting his 11th goal of the season.

Rust ended a five-game scoreless skid, and he didn't look rusty in his return after a one-week absence due to concussion. He continues to add to his career high point total. He'll look to keep it going on Thursday night when the Pens travel to meet the Canadiens.
Mar 15 - 2:08 AM

Casey DeSmith stopped 29 of 33 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers.

DeSmith came into the third period with a 2-0 lead but allowed the Ranges to score three goals in an eight-minute span and send the game to overtime where Mika Zibanejad iced it with one that DeSmith would definitely like to have back. DeSmith will see his record drop to 4-4-1 with a 2.59 goals-against-average and .914 save percentage. Expect to see Tristian Jarry in goal tomorrow night against the Montreal Canadiens.
Mar 14 - 10:50 PM

Riley Sheahan scored a goal in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers.

Kris Letang's blast from the point was tipped in by Sheahan to give the Penguins a 2-0 just under three minutes into the second period. However, a third period melt down saw the Rangers score three times and send the game to overtime where Mika Zibanejad finished it off for New York. Considering it took Sheahan 82-games to score his first goal last season, this year's tally of 10 in 70 games is great. The Penguins will be looking to bounce back tomorrow night against the Montreal Canadiens.
Mar 14 - 10:44 PM

Matt Hunwick will be a healthy scratch tonight against the New York Rangers.

Hunwick will sit for the sixth straight game. He has only nine points in 39 games and has no fantasy upside.
Mar 14 - 7:52 PM

Josh Jooris has been assigned to the minors.

Jooris's demotion could indicate good news for Bryan Rust, who is listed as a game-time decision for Wednesday's contest. He suited up two games with Pittsburgh while Rust was injured.
Mar 14 - 6:30 PM

Casey DeSmith will be in the crease Wednesday against the New York Rangers.

DeSmith made 17 stops in a 3-1 win over Dallas on Sunday in his last outing. He has posted a 4-4-0 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and .919 save percentage at the NHL level this season.
Mar 14 - 4:45 PM

Bryan Rust (concussion) will be a game-time decision Wednesday night.

Rust is optimistic that he will be ready to return, though, so consider him probable to play against the Rangers. He switched to a full-contact jersey halfway through Tuesday's practice after missing two games with a concussion.
Mar 14 - 12:36 PM

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