Pens’ Kobasew, Martin, and Neal Likely to Return Tonight

Dec 29, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (18) passes the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin (51) defends during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Pittsburgh won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports


Pittsburgh Penguins’ injured defenseman Paul Martin and forwards Chuck Kobasew and James Neal are all likely to return for Monday’s game – according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Unfortunately for forward Jayson Megna, although he’s been practicing with the team, his reinsertion to the lineup will likely be later in the week – per Yohe.

All four of those players have missed a combined 43 contests – according to Wes Crosby of

Paul Martin, who has just about fully-recovered from a broken tibia he suffered on Nov. 25, will in all likelihood skate alongside Brooks Orpik tonight. Martin has 11 points (2G, 9A) in 23 games.

Kobasew was reportedly skating with the top-line in this morning’s practice – according to Sam Kasan of the team’s website – so he’ll be happy to know his linemates will be Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. Kobasew has two goals in 25 games.

Neal will be skating with his usual second-line. He’s got 15 goals in his last 19 games, and has 36 points (17G, 19A) with a plus-9 rating.

We shouldn’t rule Megna out just yet, but as Yohe reported, don’t be surprised if he is.

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