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Letang to return tonight in T-Bay

Apr 11, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will get their top defenseman back tonight when they face the Lightning in Tampa Bay (on NBCSN).

Kris Letang will return to the lineup, coach Dan Bylsma confirmed today.

Letang has missed six games with a broken toe that he suffered March 26 versus Montreal.

The 25-year-old has 28 points in 28 games, third in the NHL among d-men behind the Canadiens’ PK Subban (32 points) and the Wild’s Ryan Suter (29).

Even with Letang back, Pittsburgh still has major injury concerns, with forwards Sidney Crosby (broken jaw) and James Neal (concussion), plus defenseman Paul Martin (wrist surgery), remaining out of action.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I don’t think Tanger likes to miss games against Montreal. Will be nice to have him back – it would be nice to see him have some multi-point games just for kicks, he’s got the highest point per game of anyone in the top 5…I hate seeing Subban on top of the D-leaders. Badly.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      I meant Tampa. I have the dumb again.

  2. killerpgh - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Great news. Hopefully this time off helped his groin/hip heal up 100% as well. Letang is a key peice to the Penguins offense. Great with the puck and starts the rush out of the zone. The PP should look better as well. As long as no one else gets banged up and everyone else can get back to the line up for the last 2-3 games of the regular season maybe this team can hit its full potential going into the playoffs. Shero got the team together and now it’s time for the players/coach to make it work.

  3. theageofquarrel - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    “Letang Clan ain’t nothin’ to puck with!!!” Word.

  4. stillers213 - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    That’s very good news. Just in time for me to see a televised game out here on the left coast!

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