Oct 19, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi (4) handles the puck against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Kobasew Progressing; Scuderi Return By Christmas?


Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Chuck Kobasew reportedly has skated on his own three times and is inching towards practicing, while defenseman Rob Scuderi could be back with the team as-early-as Christmas — according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Kobasew, 31, has been out since Oct. 28, after suffering a lower-body injury in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes, and was given a 3-4 week timetable for return. Tomorrow will be the 11th consecutive contest he’s missed.

In 12 games so far this season, Kobasew has logged two goals — both game-winning ones — and has skated to a plus-3 rating.

Scuderi, 34, hasn’t played since Oct. 26, after he broke his ankle in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Originally slated to miss 6-8 weeks, he should be able to return a few days before Christmas. Friday’s matchup will be the 12th consecutive contest he’s missed.

In 11 games this season, Scuderi has dished out one helper and skated to a plus-5 rating.


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