May 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Beau Bennett (19) handles the puck as New York Islanders center Keith Aucoin (10) defends during the second period in game one of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Injured Pens' Forwards Bennett, Connor, Vitale Skate Thursday


Injured Pittsburgh Penguins’ forwards Beau Bennett, Chris Connor, and Joe Vitale all reportedly skated Thursday with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar – according to the team’s Twitter handle.

Knowing that the Olympic break is lengthy, all of them, except perhaps Connor, should be back in the lineup when play resumes Feb. 27.

Bennett (hand/wrist) has been out since Nov. 22, and was given a timetable of 8-10 weeks for recovery.

Connor (hand) has missed the last 15 games after undergoing surgery at the beginning of January. Originally given a timetable of 6-8 weeks, Connor’s availability following the Olympic break is questionable.

Vitale (upper-body) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 10, and was given a 3-week timetable for return. Before he went down, Vitale was having a career season, totaling 13 points (1G, 12A), with his highest being 14 points (4G, 10A) back in 2011.

Vitale will definitely be ready, Bennett is borderline, and Connor probably won’t once the NHL starts back up.

This is all speculation though. Nothing has been confirmed, and we won’t know where they stand until the end of the month.

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