Pittsburgh Penguins’ injured defenseman Paul Martin and forwards Chuck Kobasew, Jayson Megna and James Neal all practiced Saturday morning – according to the team’s Twitter handle.
Full crowd this morning, including: Kobasew, Martin, Megna, Neal
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 18, 2014
Martin has been skating for a few weeks now, but nothings been confirmed in terms of his return yet. He’s missed the last 25 games.
Neal, who suffered an upper-body injury and had to miss Wednesday’s game against Washington, was reportedly skating on his usual line with Jussi Jokinen and Evgeni Malkin.
As-far-as we know, Neal is still listed as day-to-day, and will be a game-time decision for Monday.
Megna has missed the last 13 contests with a lower-body injury, and was reportedly skating on the top-line during practice. Since forward Brian Gibbons was just recently placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, Megna has now assumed the position alongside Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.
Of course, presumably when forward Beau Bennett returns from his injury, Megna will have to find another line to call home. But because he’s been playing well for an undrafted rookie, don’t be surprised if Megna flourishes when he comes back.
In 15 games this season, Megna’s collected six points (4G, 2A) and skated to a plus-3 rating.
Kobasew reportedly skated on the fourth-line with forwards Craig Adams and Zach Sill, taking the place of defenseman Deryk Engelland. Kobasew has been out with a lower-body injury, and remains day-to-day.
In 25 games, Kobasew has just two goals and is skating to a plus-1 rating.