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It’s official: Letang will also return for Pittsburgh tonight

Mar 15, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

Kris Letang

Should be quite the evening at the most famous arena in the world.

According to various reports, the Pittsburgh Penguins will welcome back defenseman Kris Letang to the lineup on Thursday as they face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Letang’s return will coincide with the comeback of Sidney Crosby, who has been out since Dec. 5 with concussion symptoms.

Letang’s missed the last five games due to headaches stemming from a hit to the head by Dallas’ Eric Nystrom in late February. It was Letang’s second head injury of the year — in November, he suffered a concussion after getting hit by Montreal’s Max Pacioretty and was out of the lineup until January.

While the returns are great for the Penguins, they do present a conundrum for head coach Dan Bylsma when it comes to allotting minutes. Bylsma’s on record saying Crosby will be held to “around 15″ in his first game back, but limiting Letang is tricky. He’ll be paired with usual defense partner Paul Martin — who averages 23 minutes a night — and when healthy, Letang has been a 25-plus guy.

Of note, Thursday’s game will be just the fifth this season that the Penguins will have Crosby, Letang and Evgeni Malkin in the lineup.

  1. napoleonblownapart6887 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    The Pens have been great to this point – top 5 in the NHL. But now its time to put up or shut up – this is the healthiest the team has been in a LONG time and it’s the healthiest its going to get the rest of the way. By this time tomorrow we’ll have a much clearer sense of just how strong Ray Shero’s vision actually is.

    Lets. Go. Pens.

  2. nyr1 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Cut your hair letang, you douche

    • letangusespertplus - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      Hey! You ought not say that!

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      i guess Avery is not he only one who’s into fashion and style in new York. Why don’t you do us a favor and go diving after his skates in the Hudson for us.

    • joethorntonisclutch - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      I for one am excited to see that extremely well-maintained hair flying out of the back of his helmet once more.

  3. sidsgirthysoupcan - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    you should be hung and stoned for talking about letang like that. he has the 3rd largest hog on the team and will lay a turd on your grandmothers dry nipples

    • number87sidneycrosby - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      Not cool dude.

  4. drunkbro - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    any flyers vs isles news for tonight

    • pacoj68 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      Zzzzzzz

  5. ottograham - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    @drunkbro

    who cares about any filthadelphian news?

  6. scottybcboy - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Wow, Bylsma doesn’t mess around. after two periods Letang leads the team in shifts and TOI. I guess when you say you are game ready you better friggin’ mean it. He is also +3, so he has earned every minute, but still….wow!

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