Bryan Rust, who has scored eight goals in his past eight games, missed practice Sunday after a lower-body injury Saturday in a 6-1 win against the Blues in St. Louis.
While Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said that team doctors still were evaluating the injury, Rust felt well enough to stand near the Penguins bench at Xcel Energy Center and watch a portion of the practice. Sullivan said Rust, who walked back into the locker room, is day-to-day.
With Rust not practicing, Zach Aston-Reese remained on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel. After Rust was injured Saturday, Aston-Reese, playing with those two, scored on a Crosby-like deflection when he steered Kris Letang’s firm pass over Jake Allen’s shoulder.
When the Penguins called up the feisty forward from the minors in early November, he said he hoped to show more poise when he got his scoring opportunities. While he has five goals in 25 games since, giving him nine in 41 career games, Aston-Reese feels he still has a ways to go.