Penguins notebook: Kobasew likely to miss 3 to 4 weeks



The Penguins have yet another injured player whose down time likely will be lengthy.

Winger Chuck Kobasew will miss the next three to four weeks, coach Dan Bylsma said Tuesday. Kobasew got an unspecified injury Monday against Carolina when he absorbed a heavy check from Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason.

Kobasew earned a roster spot and a contract after attending Penguins training camp on a professional tryout. He has two goals in 12 games and has spent time primarily on the right wing of the second and third lines.

Third-line center Brandon Sutter also appeared to be injured (hand or wrist area) in the 3-1 win at Carolina. He remained in the game but did not practice Tuesday. Bylsma said Sutter had a “maintenance day,” which means he could be available to play tonight when Boston visits Consol Energy Center.

Those injuries came one game after defenseman Rob Scuderi broke his left ankle when he came down awkwardly on his skates after being checked by Toronto’s David Clarkson. Scuderi, a defensive defenseman, is scheduled for surgery later this week — Bylsma said presumably the break will be stabilized with metal implants.

There is no timetable yet for Scuderi, but it is expected to be weeks before he can return.

Bylsma said James Neal, usually the right winger on the second line with Evgeni Malkin, remains out on a “week-to-week” basis because of an unspecified injury.

The other longer-term absence is to backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who is expected to miss at least two more months while he is on blood-thinners after surgery for a blood clot.

One injured player, however, could be nearing a return.

“Beau Bennett skated at length and looks to be maybe returning to practice later this week. No definitive date,” Bylsma said.

Bennett, who has missed the past seven games because of an unspecified injury, skated before practice with conditioning coach Mike Kadar.

Fun times for Megna

Rookie winger Jayson Megna’s penance for losing a recent shootout competition at practice was to wear a black T-shirt with a jack-o-lantern decoration on the front. He wore it under his suit coat on the recent two-game road trip.

“It was a fun thing. It was all in good fun,” Megna said.

The team had another shootout drill Tuesday, so Megna’s time with the T-shirt likely expired — “I don’t know how much longer they’re going to make me wear it,” he said — but he had his first NHL goal and first NHL assist against the Hurricanes.

So will he persuade himself to keep wearing the T-shirt as a good-luck charm? Apparently, superstition is trumped by his lack of fondness for the shirt.

“I’m not that superstitious, but I might have to try it out [today] and see what happens,” Megna said, grinning.

Megna got the pucks from his first assist and first goal and gave them to his mother. He figures she will add them to a display that already contains the puck from his first goal in college at Nebraska-Omaha, the stick he used on his first goal in the junior United States Hockey League and the puck from his first American Hockey League goal.

The two from the NHL landmarks, though, “are probably top shelf,” he said.

Tip-ins

The game today will start at 8:08 p.m., one hour later than the regular faceoff time for home games, to accommodate NBC Sports Network. … The Penguins will participate tonight in Hockey Fights Cancer, including wearing purple jerseys for warmups that will be auctioned to benefit the Mario Lemieux Foundation and the UPMC CancerCenter Patient Assistance Fund.


Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1721 and Twitter @pgshelly.

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