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?

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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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