Nov 22, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) and Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Beau Bennett (19) collide along the boards during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Beau Bennett Out Long-Term?

 

After leaving Friday’s matchup against the New York Islanders in the third period, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ fear that forward Beau Bennett may be out for quite some time — according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Playing in seven contests since returning from a lower-body injury that kept him out for nearly a month, Bennett has had a hard go at staying healthy so far this season. Promoted to first-line duties this past week and scoring his first goal in the process, the injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for Bennett.

Here’s what head coach Dan Bylsma had to say regarding his situation, according to Yohe:

“I thought the game in Washington was a real good game for him. He missed a lot of hockey early in the season. Getting his feet under him, adjusting to a top-six role. He was just starting to play his best. Obviously, it’s disappointing.”

Bennett was due to be evaluated after Friday’s game, and Saturday as well, so a report on his injury should be made available sometime Sunday.

In 12 games this season, Bennett has recorded three points (1G, 2A).

With Bennett out, forward Pascal Dupuis resumed his former role on the top-line against the Montreal Canadiens last night, and he’ll most likely stay there for a while. Due to the peculiar timetable surrounding Bennett’s ailment, forward Matt D’Agostini will probably see quality playing time also.

Stay tuned for more updates towards Bennett’s prognosis.

 

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