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Letang might return with Crosby on Thursday

Mar 14, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

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Getting Sidney Crosby back is huge, but he might not be the only Pittsburgh Penguins’ star returning on Thursday (7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN). According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe, Kris Letang is also “very likely to play tomorrow.”

Letang hasn’t played in about two weeks because of symptoms stemming primarily from the concussion he sustained on Nov. 26. Letang has nine goals and 31 points despite playing in just 40 games this season.

The New York Rangers would have their hands full with the Penguins on Thursday even if Crosby and Letang weren’t playing. The fact that both of them could be back will make this game a big test for the Rangers as they attempt to hold onto the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

  1. Stiller43 - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    PUMPED for this game

  2. scottybcboy - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    The Pens are going to be tough either way but if these two can stay healthy for the duration of the playoffs…..we have a clear favorite.

    • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      Clear favorite for what, the post at Belmont?

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:58 AM

        It’s very clear that you are an ardent Penguins hater, but put down your bottle of haterade for a moment and look at the facts: this is the hottest team in the NHL right now, which will have two players returning that not only will provide depth but also a TON of talent to the line-up. Whether they can both stay healthy is yet to be determined (I, the eternal optimist, think that they will be able to keep it together) but if they can stay healthy, you can’t say that they aren’t one of the top 3 teams in the NHL if not the outright favorite.

        If you say otherwise you’re an idiot.

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        I am not a Penguin hater. I just get tired when everyone thinks they are a lock for the Cup with Crosby back. When they failed to repeat as champs Crosby was healthy all year. Now he’s dinged up for the last 2 years and everyone thinks he will be the same player. I’m not so sure. The league will go on when he’s done whether it’s sooner or later.
        And I bet I know more about the Penguins history than all the people who became fans when they got Crosby. Remember Michel Briere? Could have been the greatest Penguin of all time.

  3. joethorntonisclutch - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    The big question mark for me is if Crosby manages to actually stick out the rest of the season and the playoffs. I mean, if you can only play so many games during the regular season without getting re-injured, how’s playoff hockey going to be any better? I think we can all agree that things get significantly more physical come time to battle for Lord Stanley.

  4. nsmiff87 - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Been waiting for this game forever!! Go Pens

  5. letangusespertplus - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0vimfM0Sa1rrtojyo1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ6IHWSU3BX3X7X3Q&Expires=1331860855&Signature=7LHI%2BAPT%2FQDcxuN0fDny6nq798g%3D

    he’s starting to get ready.

  6. steelcityfranchise - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Oh…..my……god. The stars have aligned….just as the ancient Mayans predicted! The Franchise is whole again!! I bet that after Soup Can completes his hat trick tomorrow,he thrusts his hand into Lundqvist’s chest and rips out his heart like that evil priest in Temple of Doom.

    • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      Did you take your medication today?

  7. buffalomafia - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Now that Cynthia Crosby is back how long will it take him to cry that he gets checked tonight?

    I heard Cynthia Crosby is new Cover Girl with Ellen Degeneres!

    Regardless Cynthia will score & lead his team to Finals!!!!!!

  8. sidsgirthysoupcan - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    stanley cup champs 2012 baby. whens the parade boys??

    • number87sidneycrosby - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      I can tell you one thing, you wont be welcome whenever it is.

  9. buffalomafia - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Read my last paragraph you stoogotz!

  10. buffalomafia - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Two words! Cynthia Crosby!

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