He is day-to-day. Rust left Game 2 when he was hammered by Senators D Dion Phaneuf.
Whether Rust, Schultz and Patric Hornqvist - scratched after warmups before Pittsburgh's 1-0 Game 2 victory on Monday night -get a chance to play is unclear.
Schultz exited the game clutching his arm following a crash into the boards, while Hornqvist missed the game with an upper-body injury. Sullivan said he and defenseman Mark Streit would both be game-time decisions but confirmed it's possible he decides to go with seven defensemen.
All indications point to Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley (lower body) returning to the lineup for Game 3. "We're fortunate to have the depth that we have and we've relied on it all year-long so this is no different". "We've had share of it, maybe a little bit more than most".
"I think it's a challenge this League presents". I think he's got great puck skills.
"We believe we have a good team and we have a deep team, and we have what it takes to win regardless of which guys are in our lineup", Sullivan said, "I think this team has a chemistry". The Penguins just hope that's possible if any of the Rust, Hornqvist, and Schultz trio are unable to draw into the lineup.
Kessel had gone three games with no points and had just one point, a goal, in his previous five games. "I think there's a lot of familiarity with the type of game that we're trying to play with our team concept", Sullivan said.