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

By Troy Pfaff

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang participated 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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