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.
Neal, Martin and Kobasew all look like good bets to play tonight. Megna likely back later this week.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) January 20, 2014
All four of those players have missed a combined 43 contests – according to Wes Crosby of NHL.com.
The #Pens players that could potentially return tonight (Martin, Neal, Kobasew and Megna) missed a combined 43 games.
— Wes Crosby (@OtherNHLCrosby) January 20, 2014
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.