Beau Bennett took part in his fifth consecutive practice for the Pittsburgh Penguins this morning, signalling that he could be capable of returning to action this weekend. The Pens take on the St. Louis Blues on Saturday before having four straight days off until their next game. That could be an excellent opportunity to test Bennett to see where he’s at.
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The IR carousel continues in what has been a pretty wild and unpredictable season for Pittsburgh. The team has gone through long stretches over the last few seasons without top players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to be sure, but the injury bug seems to be biting more players than usual in 2013-14.
Kris Letang missed a chunk of the beginning of the season and didn’t play his first game for the Pens until recently. James Neal has missed significant time, Brooks Orpik broke his ankle and guys like Paul Martin are dealing with some serious bumps and bruises.
Bennett’s name will be off that list in short order though, it would appear.
That’s outstanding news for Pittsburgh’s top-six, and Evgeni Malkin in particular. He’s had a so-so season (by Malkin’s standards) without sold NHL wingers by his side, and seems to have some strong chemistry with Bennett. An element that has been sorely missing from Malkin’s line for a while now.
The Blues should prove to be a solid test for this Pittsburgh team that continues to win hockey games despite the lengthy IR list. St. Louis is one of the deeper teams in the league and have been a Stanley Cup favorite since the beginning of the season.