The Pens held practice Wednesday afternoon at the UPMC Lemieux Complex in Cranberry.
The only non-injured absentee was forward Carl Hagelin, who was given a maintenance day.
Once again forward Scott Wilson, who was injured in the third period of the Pens’ 3-2 win in Columbus on March 11, did not practice with the team.
“Scott Wilson is going to be a longer-term injury,” head coach Mike Sullivan said. “He’s still being assessed by our medical staff. We’ll have more definitive information for that moving forward. Right now our expectation is that injury will be longer term.”
Forward Beau Bennett and defenseman Ben Lovejoy continue to skate with the team, though both aren’t quite ready to rejoin the lineup.
“Beau will be closer to a return when our medical staff and Beau come to the decision that he’s ready to play,” Sullivan said. “That hasn’t occurred yet.”
As for Lovejoy, though he is close to being ready health-wise, his conditioning and preparation level still needs to improve.
“Ben is ahead of schedule, the timeframe that our medical staff had allotted,” Sullivan said. “When we put guys back in the lineup, we try to put them in a position to be successful. It’s more than being healthy. It’s being healthy and having an opportunity to get your timing back, get in intensity drills, so that you’re in a game-like scenario. So when you do go back in the lineup you’re in a position to succeed.
“That’s the stage we're at with Ben. He hasn’t been in that many practices yet.”
Both players continue to progress and should be available to the team shortly.
“We have guys that we’ll have (available) moving down the stretch that will make our lineup decisions difficult,” Sullivan said.
Bennett has missed the past 22 games with an upper-body injury suffered against the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 23.
Lovejoy suffered an upper-body injury Feb. 20 against Tampa Bay. He has missed the past 12 games.
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