Beau Bennett injury update
The Pittsburgh Penguins are slowly regaining their health up front. While James Neal is still weeks away from returning, Beau Bennett took to the ice this morning and practiced with his teammates according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. As per the Trib’s report:
Right wing Beau Bennett is close to returning to the Penguins’ lineup. Bennett, who has been skating with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar for about a week, returned to practice Monday at Southpointe. Although it sounds unlikely Bennett will play against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, he sounds likely to play soon.
That’s great news for the Penguins, who have been using a rotating cast of wingers with Bennett and Neal both on the mend. They’ve gone to the likes of Chuck Kobasew (also injured now) and Jayson Megna while waiting for Bennett. It doesn’t appear that they’ll have to go without the top-six forward for too much longer.
One player that will be glad to see Bennett return is Evgeni Malkin.
While Sidney Crosby’s top line has remained largely intact and untouched by the injury bug, Geno has had to deal with an unsteady cast of characters that seems to have thrown off his game a bit. He hasn’t scored a goal in eight games and is in need of a jump.
One that a talented linemate could certainly provide.
Bennett has only seen action in five games for the Penguins this season and has yet to score a goal. He’ll look to change that soon.