Feb 17, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Beau Bennett (19) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Penguins beat the Sabres 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Pens Injury Report 1/22: Bennett, Gibbons, Vokoun Skate


Pittsburgh Penguins’ injured forwards Beau Bennett and Brian Gibbons, as-well-as goaltender Tomas Vokoun, all skated Wednesday morning on their own – according to the team’s Twitter handle.

For Vokoun, it was his first ice-time in roughly four months since undergoing surgery for a blood clot, and he still remains on a timetable of 3-6 months. Although he didn’t endure any shots, because the team is still waiting on him to be fully recovered, it was his first step in which figures to be a long process towards returning.

Vokoun has not played in a game this season, and is potentially looking to get back into action sometime in March.

Bennett has been out since Nov. 22 after having surgery to repair a hand/wrist issue, and remains without a timetable. Due to the Olympic break in February, and accompanied with the fact he is not practicing with the team, Bennett’s return to game-action probably won’t be until March.

Bennett has missed a total of 37 games this season due to two separate injuries; however, when he is reinserted back into the lineup, expect him to be partnered with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.

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

Gibbons, whose been out since Jan. 11 with a lower-body injury, has skated over recent days, but remains on a week-to-week timetable – according to Michelle Crechiolo of the team’s website. His spot on the roster also is in jeopardy, considering the team is almost fully healthy.

In 13 games this season, Gibbons has collected six points (2G, 4A) and skated to a plus-2 rating.

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