The Pittsburgh Penguins hosted practice Tuesday afternoon back at CONSOL Energy Center after defeating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in overtime at TD Garden last night.
BENNETT BEING EVALUATED
The only member missing from practice was forward Beau Bennett, who left last night’s game during the second period due to a lower-body injury. He would, however, return for the third, but head coach Mike Johnston and the team’s trainers believed it would be best for the 22-year-old to rest today so he could get evaluated.
“The trainers kept him off,” Johnston said. “They’re going to evaluate him today and see where he’s at. (It’s a) lower-body injury, and he did come back as you saw in the third period, but I just didn’t feel he was really ready to play full out. We’ll see over the next 24 hours where he is.”
Unfortunately for Bennett, injuries have been all too common. A lower-body injury kept the 22-year-old out for the first 14 games this season after getting tripped up by a teammate during training camp. Last season, he only played in 26 contests due to a wrist injury, which would eventually need surgery.
Forward Jayson Megna, who competed in his first NHL game of the season last night, feels for Bennett.
“I hope (Bennett) gets back and he’s one of my best friends, and you never want to see anyone get hurt and it’s just unfortunate that he’s had some unlucky strings of injuries here,” Megna said.
Megna, who skated with the third line in place of Bennett at Tuesday’s practice, is ready to fill that role if asked of him tomorrow night.
“As far as my job, I just do whatever they tell me to do,” he said. “I just try to be as versatile as a player I can and hopefully help the team win in any role that I get put in.”
The Penguins will take on their second Original Six club in three nights when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow night in the first of a two-game home stand. This weekend, the team will compete in their second home-and-home series in two weeks when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes at home on Friday and in Raleigh on Saturday.
The Pens will also will be decked out in their alternate black and Pittsburgh-gold uniforms tomorrow night against the Leafs.
The Penguins skated with virtually the same lineup as last night’s minus Bennett with Megna moving up to a third-line slot. Zach Sill was back on the fourth.