Mar 2, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) during the warm-up session before the first period against Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Defenseman Kris Letang Practices Monday

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang was back in team practice at Southpointe Monday and is in line to return for Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes – according to Sam Kasan of the Pens’ website.

Although he didn’t say he would for sure be a go Tuesday, Letang said it would ultimately be up to the coach – per Kasan.

“It’ll be up to the coach.  There’s no rush to get back, but at the same time it’s a short season.  I want to start playing, being healthy and ready to go for the playoffs.”

Letang has missed the teams last five games with this lower-body injury and eight of his last nine total because of another lower-body injury.

On the season, Letang has registered 28 points (3G, 25A) in 28 games and skated to a plus-11 rating.

Pens play Tuesday in Carolina at 7 p.m.

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