According Sam Kasan of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ website, defenseman Paul Martin was practicing with the top power-play unit Friday morning, and not Kris Letang.
The other players used on the top-PP were the usuals — Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin, and James Neal.
Letang, whose registered five points (4G, 1A) through 13 games so far this season, has three points on the power-play — all of which being goals. One reason he could be off the package tonight, however, may partially have to do with the Pens’ inability to enter the zone cleanly when on the man-advantage.
Labeled as the quarterback, Letang has had a small issue with turning the puck over in recent games when the team’s been on the power-play. Although not all entirely his fault, Letang’s responsibilities weigh heavier because of his entitlement (quarterback).
And Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting Letang also didn’t seem all to happy about the decision. Despite head coach Dan Bylsma’s positive evaluation in Letang’s power-play game over recent contests, Rossi’s hinted to us that this dilemma is worth keeping a close eye on.
Martin does not have a power-play point this season.
The game tonight can be seen on the ROOT network, and is set to start at 7 p.m.