The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to play without Beau Bennett through their home-and-home series this weekend. He didn’t suit up for Friday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and he won’t go on Saturday in Columbus at Nationwide Arena either. The top-six winger hasn’t played since he was injured on October 12.
Evgeni Malkin has cycled through numerous wingers since Bennett was place on injured reserve, but none have seemed to click like the youngster.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, there is still no timetable for his return. He is skating, but isn’t practicing. As per the Review:
Very few Penguins practiced Thursday. Winger Beau Bennett was among that majority.
Bennett (lower-body injury) will miss his ninth and 10th consecutive games this weekend when the Penguins play a home-and-home series against Columbus.
He is unlikely to practice before next week, coach Dan Bylsma said.
The Penguins have won three in a row after dropping three consecutive games and appear to be back on the rails after some early season adversity. Pittsburgh has been torn up by the injury bug per usual this season. While it’s stayed away from the likes of Malkin and Sidney Crosby, the Pens have had to deal with a badly banged up defense from the outset of the 2013-14 season.
Whenever Bennett returns, he’ll likely provide a nice boost to the top-six. Malkin in particular appears to be hurting for some consistent and talented line mates.