Penguins winger Beau Bennett, out since late November because of a wrist injury that required surgery, will join Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment and play with the American Hockey League affiliate beginning Saturday.
Forward Joe Vitale, meanwhile, has an unspecified injury. He did not practice with the Penguins today at Southpointe and is not expected to play Saturday in a game against Tampa Bay at Consol Energy Center.
Top-line forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz also did not practice, but coach Dan Bylsma said they were simply given a day off and are expected to play Saturday.
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