The Pittsburgh Penguins anticipate winger Beau Bennett being sidelined for several weeks and potentially at least a couple months if it’s deemed Bennett needs surgery, two sources said Saturday evening.
Bennett injured in Friday’s 4-3 win vs the New York Islanders, is said to be dealing with complications of a wrist/hand injury. Further tests are on-going and the Penguins expect to learn Monday on the exact damage as Bennett is receiving more than one opinion, sources say.
The hope is surgery will be avoided. Bennett suffered a serious wrist injury in his sophomore season at Denver University. The injury still bothered him last season.
Bennett who coaches felt coming into the season would be a 50+ point player and primed for a big step forward in year two, hasn’t seen his game take off this season due to injuries and playing a third line role for the most part.
While Bennett is out indefinitely, Chuck Kobasew recovering from a high ankle sprain, could return to the lineup next week.
The Penguins lost to Montreal 3-2 tonight and a serious area of concern continues to be the Penguins lack of grit and toughness in their bottom-6.