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Top Penguins Defenseman Letang Out ‘Week To Week,’ Per Sullivan



Kris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan as recently as Thursday wasn’t sure if injured defenseman Kris Letang would be available for Saturday’s  home game against the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s sure now.

Sullivan said after the team practiced Friday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex that Letang, who has a lower-body injury, will be out “week to week.”

Missing Letang for multiple weeks is a big blow to the Penguins, who have dealt with injuries all season – they have spent just two full periods at full strength so far – but most of them have hit the forwards.

Letang is considered the team’s top defenseman. He plays big minutes, mans the top pairing, quarterbacks the top power play unit and kills penalties.

“Obviously, we’d like to have him back as quickly as we can,” Sullivan said, “but that’s where he’s at right now. We’ll take each week as it comes and I’ll update you as we go.”

This season, Letang has five goals, 12 points in 15 games.

Letang was hurt in the third period of Tuesday’s game at Boston. He missed Thursday’s road game against the New York Islanders, and that day Sullivan said it seemed probable that Letang would miss Saturday’s game, but indicated that Letang was still being evaluated for the injury.

The Penguins have just one other injury at the moment. Winger Patric Hornqvist is out “longer term” because of a lower body injury. Everyone else participate in the practice Friday.

Rookie John Marino, who filled in for Letang alongside Brian Dumoulin on Thursday, practiced in that spot Friday.


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Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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2 years ago

If 658 is the teams best defenseman their in a lot of trouble. Did anyone notice the absence of turnovers by the D in the Islander game.

Kenneth Joseph Troutman
Kenneth Joseph Troutman
2 years ago
Reply to  Jackmccrory

Like the one that led to the 1st shorty against? That didnt happen huh? He is top 10 in every metric and know nothings are only ones who think he isnt great.
2 years ago

Letang should be in the minor league. He’s been terrible ever since he starting playing for the Pens. He’s been the main reason why the Pens don’t have more Stanley cups. Look it up! When he’s not played the Pens play better since the other players don’t have to worry about making up for Letang’s blatant errors on offense as well as defense.

Kenneth Joseph Troutman
Kenneth Joseph Troutman
2 years ago
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Lol 4 trips to cup and 3 rings. Look it up? I did. And they are a dominant team with him on ice. Without him they are just good. Every metric shows it….EVERY SINGLE ONE! Every metric shows him as top 5 to 10 d man in league still. They all turn it over sometimes, u just pick out his, which are less then the others lol. Dude single handedly shut down McDavid just a few games ago and does everything playing 30 mins a game. Only dummies think he isnt one of the best, which pittsburgh has quite a… Read more »

Andy Hockey
Andy Hockey
2 years ago

No surprise, against the dirty Bruins you will always have injuries.

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