The Beau Bennett injury is just the latest in a recent string for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Two-thirds of the second line are now on the mend, with Bennett joining James Neal on the sidelines. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review initially reported the injury. As per their report:
The number is closing in on double digits if, as coach Dan Bylsma said is likely, Chuck Kobasew replaces Beau Bennett to Malkin’s right when the Penguins play the Oilers at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday night.
Bennett is day-to-day with a lower body injury that limited him to two shifts in the third period at Tampa Bay on Saturday.
While most teams might struggle while missing two of their top four wingers, the Pens aren’t most teams. If anyone can turn Kobasew into a 30-goal scorer, it’s Evgeni Malkin. Your role when your on his line is pretty simple: Get to the net and keep your stick on the ice.
Bennett isn’t expected to miss an awful amount of time with the injury, but there’s still no timeline for Neal’s return. Despite the long list of injuries, Pittsburgh is still in second place in the Eastern Conference and doesn’t have a particularly challenging schedule this week.