The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated defenseman Justin Schultz from injured reserve while sending Zach Trotman down to the minor leagues to make room. Schultz hasn’t played since November 19th, but is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the Arizona Coyotes.
Even with all of the injuries the Penguins have dealt with this year, they still sit within striking distance of a divisional playoff spot. With a 15-9-4 record they are three points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan, and have the third best goal differential in the Eastern Conference.
Schultz, 29, should certainly help them even more. The puck-moving defenseman had eight points in his first 21 games this season and was logging nearly 21 minutes a night, partly due to the temporary absence of Kris Letang. Even with both right-handed defensemen back in action, the team looks nothing like it was supposed to. Sidney Crosby, Brian Dumoulin, Patric Hornqvist and Nick Bjugstad remain out.