Penguins’ Kris Letang ‘week-to-week’ with injury
- The Penguins will be without one of their top defensemen for the foreseeable future.
- Kris Letang will be “week-to-week” with a lower-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan said on Friday.
- Letang left that Monday’s 6-4 loss in Boston during the third period. He remained with the club in New York, as the two-game road trip continued.
- Initially, the team said that they were continuing to evaluate their All-Star defenseman.
- Friday was the first time the Penguins provided further details.
“Obviously, we’d like to have him back as quickly as we can,” Sullivan said. “That’s where he’s at right now. We’ll take each week as it comes and I’ll update you as we go.”
- With Letang out, rookie John Marino stepped in to play on the top pairing with Brian Dumoulin during Thursday’s win over the New York Islanders.
- The pairing remained unchanged at practice on Friday.
- Justin Schultz and Marcus Pettersson skated together on the second pairing. Juuso Riikola and Jack Johnson made up the third pairing.
- Letang was off to a hot start offensively, recording 12 points in the first 15 games he played.
- When he’s on the ice, Letang is one of the NHL’s best (and most unique) defensemen.
- But that’s the problem: keeping him on the ice.
- Letang has endured a long list of injuries throughout his career.
- Multiple concussions.
- A broken toe.
- Broken foot.
- Broken hand.
- An elbow infection.
- Groin and knee injuries.
- Numerous unspecified upper- and lower-body injuries.
- Most notably, he missed several months in the second half of the 2013-14 season after suffering a stroke.
- If you add it up, Letang has missed more than 150 games over the last six seasons.
- While the injuries are no fault of his own, him suffering another one is surely a disappointment for a team that’s already been bitten hard by the injury bug.
Sources & Credits: Mike DeFabo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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