Oct 5, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Beau Bennett (19) goes to shoot a goal against Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Bennett And Neal Don't Practice Monday; Letang Does


According to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ twitter account, forwards Beau Bennett and James Neal were no-shows at practice on Monday, while defenseman Kris Letang was present.

Bennett, who has played in every contest so far this season, is reportedly dealing with a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.

He only played 6:05 minutes in Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Neal has been out since he left the season-opener against the New Jersey Devils, in which he aggravated an upper-body injury he sustained in the offseason.

His prognosis is still said to be week-to-week, but because he isn’t even participating in team’ skate, speculation leads us to believe his injury is pretty severe.

Letang reportedly skated with the team for the third consecutive day, but was only on the ice for a half hour.

Starting the season on injured reserve, Letang has yet to play in a game and is most likely going to be listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s matchup.

Here’s what head coach Dan Bylsma had to say regarding Letang’s rehab, according to Sam Kasan of the Pittsburgh Penguins official team website:

“Kris is still in the progression of getting back to playing so this was another step up and ramp up in his practice and where he is at.  Still needs to continue to progress to move toward a game.”

Also, forward Matt D’Agostini is continuing to work back from a lower-body injury, and is reportedly scheduled to practice next week.

Pittsburgh’s got the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday, in the CONSOL Energy Center, at 7 p.m.


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