Beau Bennett Likely For Saturday; Neal Practicing

Sep 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Beau Bennett (19) scores the game-winning goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (39) during the shootout at the United Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Chicago Blackhawks in the shootout 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports


Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Beau Bennett is reportedly likely to play Saturday, while forward James Neal practiced with the team in full Friday - according to Dave Uhrmacher of the team’s website.

Bennett, who’s been out since Oct. 12 with a lower-body injury, skated for the fifth consecutive day and head coach Dan Bylsma felt tomorrow might be the first time we see the young winger after a four-week absence.

“We saw him practice with a regular line and on the power play and he will most likely be an option for us tomorrow,” he said.

Neal practiced in full for the second day in-a-row with the team; however, he’ll most likely be held out of 16th consecutive contest when the Pens’ play the St. Louis Blues tomorrow.

Next week seems like a likely scenario in which Neal returns — he’s been out since the season-opener after suffering an upper-body injury.

Forward Pascal Dupuis returned to practice after having a maintenance day Thursday, and defenseman Paul Martin sat-out his second consecutive practice to rest. Both are expected to play tomorrow for Pittsburgh.

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

The game tomorrow can be seen on the ROOT network, and is set to start at 8 p.m.


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