Penguins notebook: Bennett likely to practice soon
By Rob Rossi
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, 7:54 p.m.
Not everything is going against the Penguins on the injury front.
Winger Beau Bennett could resume practicing this week, coach Dan Bylsma said Tuesday.
“He skated at length (Tuesday) morning by himself, and looks to be maybe returning to practice later this week — no definitive date on that,” Bylsma said.
Bennett has missed the past seven games because of a lower-body injury. He was injured in a win at Tampa Bay on Oct. 12.
His injury — along with the upper-body limitation for James Neal — has left the Penguins without their two top options for right wing on the second line, which is centered by Evgeni Malkin.
Neal, who aggravated a previous injury in a win against New Jersey on Oct. 3, will miss a 12th consecutive contest when the Penguins welcome Boston to Consol Energy Center on Wednesday night. Neal remains out on a week-to-week basis, Bylsma said.
Malkin has not produced to his usual standard since Bennett was lost as Neal's replacement.
Since Bennett was injured, Malkin has scored two goals and recorded three assists. He is without a goal in the past five games, and without a point in three of the past four contests.
Matt D'Agostini is the latest right winger on the second line. Chuck Kobasew had replaced Bennett, but Kobasew was injured in a win at Carolina on Monday night.
Kobasew (left foot) will miss 3 to 4 weeks, Bylsma said. Center Brandon Sutter, who hasn't scored a goal, did not practice Tuesday. He was given a day off for rest but is expected to play against Boston.
Defenseman Rob Scuderi (broken left ankle) is out indefinitely. His injury requires surgery.
“That aspect of the injury is not necessarily a bad thing and probably helps the healing process, stabilizes the area of the break … probably shortens the time frame,” Bylsma said. “But I don't have that (recovery prognosis) yet.”
Bylsma said he believes Scuderi's procedure would involve the use of a device, either a pin or plate.
Late start against Bruins
The Penguins' game against Boston is a rematch of the Eastern Conference final, which the Bruins swept by allowing only two goals.
Boston coach Claude Julien reiterated Tuesday that the series was closer than the result.
That series wrapped with two one-goal losses by the Penguins at Boston. The Bruins won Games 1 and 2 on the road, but only the second — a 6-1 victory — was lopsided. The Penguins trailed, 1-0, entering the third period in Game 1.
Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.
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