Jun 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (18) chases the puck against Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during the second period in game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Boston Bruins won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Injury Report 11/6: Neal Skates, Bennett Close


Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward James Neal reportedly skated this morning after the team practiced at Madison Square Garden, while forward Beau Bennett is closing in on a return for this weekend – according to the teams’ website.

Head coach Dan Bylsma said that he doesn’t expect Neal to be ready to join team practice until Friday, and there’s still no timetable for his return to action.

Neal has been out with an upper-body injury since the season-opener against the New Jersey Devils, in which he only played 3:49 minutes.

Bennett participated in practice for the second consecutive day, and it’s looking as though he’ll potentially perform in one of the games’ this weekend.

Nursing a lower-body ailment, the 21-year-old winger hasn’t played since Oct. 12 in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he skated just 6:05 minutes.

Forward Chuck Kobasew and defenseman Rob Scuderi are still not doing on-ice activities.

The game against the New York Rangers is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight, and can be seen on the NBC sports network.


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