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Kris Letang Skates, Cleared For Return to Action; Game Preview vs. Hurricanes

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang┬áparticipated in today’s morning skate and hopes to return to the team’s lineup sometime soon after having missed every game since November 26th against the Montreal Canadiens with a concussion.

Letang is medically cleared to return to the team’s lineup but both sides want to take the French Canadian’s return slow, rather than risk further injury. Letang was a full participant in the skate and even took some reps with the team’s first power play unit, suggesting a return is imminent.

Some are saying Sunday afternoon’s game against the Washington Capitals could be a realistic return date for the defenseman.

Here are the team’s lines from the morning skate:

Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal

Pascal Dupuis – Dustin Jeffrey – Tyler Kennedy

Steve Sullivan – Richard Park – Matt Cooke

Eric Tangradi – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams

Brooks Orpik – Deryk Engelland

Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek

Matt Niskanen – Ben Lovejoy

Marc-Andre Fleury will be in goal for the Penguins, while the Carolina Hurricanes will start Cam Ward.

The Hurricanes sit 13th in the Eastern Conference with 39 points and a -31 goal differential, having gone 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.

The Penguins are currently tied with the Washington Capitals for the 8th spot in the East, though the team’s +18 goal differential is the 3rd in the conference.

The Penguins will look to win their third straight game tonight and would like to build on Malkin’s five-point night against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Puck drop is 7:08 PM at the Consol Energy Center.

Let’s Go Pens

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