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After 12-game absence, Martin expected back for Pittsburgh tomorrow

Apr 26, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

Matt Niskanen, Paul Martin AP

Nobody’s guaranteeing anything yet, but it sounds as though the Penguins will get back defenseman Paul Martin for their regular-season finale against Carolina on Saturday.

“I think that’s the plan,” Martin told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I was hoping for [Thursday]. But now it looks like probably Saturday. No guarantee. It would depend. But I feel good enough.

“It would be good to get a game in [before the playoffs].”

Prior to breaking a bone in his hand against the Jets nearly a month ago, Martin was enjoying a stellar campaign.

The 32-year-old had 21 points through 33 games and a solid plus-12 rating, all while averaging over 25 minutes per game.

Martin said he felt “great” in terms of overall health and was anxious to get back in the lineup. He practiced on Friday in a pairing with Simon Despres.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Would be nice to get everyone back for at least one game. But whoever they put in please just SHOOT THE PUCK. For some reason this team goes through odd stretches where they INSIST that the cross-ice passes are going to work if they just stick with them. Shoot……please. 40 shots on Miller was good, and you can’t win ‘em all…but 18 shots on NJ? Compared to 142 potential scoring chances?

  2. bgrillz - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    They are playing out the string, trying not to get hurt. They can’t move anywhere with wins. So why would they go all out to win? They can play around with those passes and get them outta their system before the playoffs. They are just getting work in, trying to stay healthy. Calm down.

  3. The Hockey Fan - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Good to hear. A great player if not the Pens best defenseman.

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