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Injured Letang skates, but doesn’t practice with teammates

Mar 21, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

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Injured Penguins defenseman Kris Letang skated for three quarters of an hour this morning (47 minutes, to be exact); however, he didn’t practice with teammates and it’s not clear if he’ll be able to play tomorrow against the Islanders.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Letang “focused mostly on testing his injury, including drills that featured lateral movement and backwards turns,” but that the 25-year-old “appeared to be in slight discomfort” occasionally.

Letang left Sunday’s game versus Boston with a lower-body injury, which the paper presumes to be a groin issue.

Here’s video of “Kristopher’s” last shift:

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Letang missed Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Washington — a victory that pushed his club’s winning streak to 10 games.

In other Penguins injury news, Evgeni Malkin (upper-body) practiced with teammates. Like Letang, it’s not known if he’ll be ready to go Friday.

  1. Stiller43 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I think rob rossi said geno will go (or is expected to go)…no word on tanger. I wouldnt expect it if theres still discomfort.

    • letsgopens8771 - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Ah, screw Rob Rossi, he always jumps the gun and reports false info. Yes, I am excited to see Geno back. Hope he gets back to playing with the same ferocity that he did last year. No rush for Letang, Pens just need to keep it up Defensively with their effort.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        James Neal needs Geno back. He’s been ice cold the last few games without his PIC Geno.

  2. jpelle82 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    no rush, groins are tricky injuries, would rather him rest since the pens have positioned themselves well already for a top 3 seed

    • letsgopens8771 - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Yeah exactly. Pens have been playing real SOLID defense as of late, so no rush at all.

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