April 23, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) goes to the ice to make a save against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Beau Bennett (19) during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Buffalo Sabres won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Beau Bennett and Tyler Kennedy Out When Crosby Arrives?


As everybody waits to hear word Tuesday afternoon from doctors on if captain Sidney Crosby can play in Wednesday’s series opener, questions still remain as to who will sit when he does return.

It was reported Tuesday that the Pens lines during practice went as follows – per Michelle Crechiolo of the Pens’ website:

  1. Kunitz–Malkin–Neal
  2. Dupuis–Jokinen–Iginla
  3. Morrow–Sutter–Cooke
  4. Glass–Adams–Bennett/Kennedy
  5. Jeffrey–Crosby–Vitale


Looking at the fourth line, one can assume that both Beau Bennett and Tyler Kennedy will be the odd men out.

Head Coach Dan Bylsma will most likely keep Tanner Glass and Craig Adams slotted in the lineup for their penalty-killing expertise.

And it’s hard to imagine he pulls Jussi Jokinen, who continues to be rejuvenated since he’s been acquired.

While Crosby’s return remains questionable, the team still is having both Bennett and Kennedy fight for that final spot in case number-87 is unable to go Wednesday.

Bennett is going to be in the Pens future and has played well beyond his age this year.  While Kennedy has the experience teams desire for playoff runs.

This is all pending Crosby’s medical clearance, but it’ll be interesting to see where Bylsma decides to go should he be forced to.

Both forwards have contributed to the Pens steadily throughout the season.

Bennett has registered 14 points (3G, 11A) in 26 games and Kennedy has collected 11 points (6G, 5A) in 46.

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