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Injured Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz gets more involved in practice

Jonathan Bombulie

The return of Justin Schultz from a broken leg has been a painstaking process, but the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman took a step closer to getting back in the lineup Friday.

While the Penguins practiced in Cranberry, Schultz skated on a regular defense pair with Jack Johnson and participated in drills with the second power-play unit. Previously, he had been practicing on the periphery of the lineup.

Coach Mike Sullivan said there’s no change in Schultz’s status – he’s day to day – but he considers him a game-time decision for Saturday’s matchup with the Calgary Flames.

“With every practice, he feels a little bit more comfortable,” Sullivan said. “He’s getting stronger out there. His conditioning is improving, his timing. Just getting him in more practices, more contact drills, should help him.”

Schultz echoes his coach’s sentiments.

“Still day to day. No target. Just whenever I feel good and get it going,” he said. “Today was a big step.”

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Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan at [email protected] or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.