The Pittsburgh Penguins are getting their top defenseman Kris Letang back for tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, after he missed the last five contests with a lower-body injury.
Although it was reported that Letang had suffered a broken toe, he acknowledged that he re-aggravated his previous injury, speculating that this injury alone was just his problem.
“I’ve been struggling with the same injury for a little bit and we don’t want to take any chances. We want to make sure I’m a hundred percent. That’s why i was practicing with the team, making sure. I think the last time I came back I didn’t even practice with the team.”
Regardless, Letang should provide an immediate impact for the team, as he is both extremely valuable offensively and defensively.
Letang has 28 points (3G, 25A) and a plus-11 rating through 28 games so far this season.
Head coach Dan Bylsma said that defenseman Paul Martin recently checked in with the doctor and has resumed skating back in Pittsburgh.
Martin is still on the same 4-6 week timeframe, recovering from a upper-body injury.