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 skated on his own 3 times. Hopes to progress and practice in next few days, per coach Bylsma #Pens
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 21, 2013
Scuderi and Kobasew progressing. Sounds like Scuderi should be back around Christmas, if the original 6-8 week assessment is accurate.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) November 21, 2013
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.