The Penguins practiced at CONSOL Energy Center Monday afternoon and there were a few notables on participation.
Forward Beau Bennett, who played only 6:05 minutes Saturday night in Tampa Bay, did not practice due to a lower-body injury. Head coach Dan Bylsma listed the injury status as “day-to-day.”
Defenseman Kris Letang, who suffered a lower-body injury Sept. 27, joined his teammates for practice for the third time in a row. Letang skated for 30 minutes, which was his scheduled time to be on the ice.
“Kris is still in the progression of getting back to playing so this was another step up and ramp up in his practice and where he is at,” Bylsma said. “Still needs to continue to progress to move toward a game.”
With Bennett’s absence, as well as other injured forwards James Neal (upper-body, week to week) and Matt D’Agostini (lower-body, scheduled to practice next week), the Pens were forced to shuffle their forward combinations, being short one man.
Chuck Kobasew was elevated to the second line. Bylsma noted that if Bennett were to miss any game action that Kobasew would be slotted in his spot.
The third and fourth lines were completely altered at Monday’s practice. See below…
Also, center Brandon Sutter was in pain after he was hit by a shot. He skated to the bench hunched over and was attended to by an athletic trainer. After the pain subsided, Sutter rejoined the team in drills.
Sutter said following practice that it was just a “stinger” and nothing serious.