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Letang ‘likely’ to play Friday versus Isles

Oct 24, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is “likely” to make his season debut Friday versus the Islanders.

“We’ll most likely see Letang in the line-up tomorrow,” said Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma, per Root Sports.

The 26-year-old Norris Trophy finalist has missed all nine Pens games with an undisclosed lower-body injury that he suffered in practice late last month.

Not that the Penguins have struggled without him; they’re 7-2-0 in those nine games, thanks in large part to the goaltending of Marc-Andre Fleury and the scoring of Sidney Crosby. Granted, their competition hasn’t been the toughest, and they’ve only had to play three road games.

After hosting the Isles tomorrow, the Pens head out on a quick two-game trip to Toronto (Saturday) and Carolina (Monday).

  1. jpelle82 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    scratch: bortuzzo

    i’m interested to see who’s back up front since they sent zolnierczyk and conner back down. 3rd line’s been a work in progress. any word on bennett? i heard he’s skated this week but didnt yesterday. dagostini cant play until saturday due to eligibility but he’s supposedly ready to go. maybe jeffrey is in again and engelland dresses as the other forward?

    • bmscalise - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Jason Megna was called up – see no reason why he would be if they didn’t plan on playing him. He was skating on the 3rd line in practice with Sutter and Glass, as he has some skill.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      I think D’Agostini should be ready to go so he likely gets the nod on the third line, something like the following:
      Crosby with Kunitz and Dupuis
      Malkin with Jokinen and Kobasew
      Sutter with D’Agostini and Glass
      Vitale with Adams and Engelland/Megna

      • jpelle82 - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        apparently dagostini cant play until saturday due to some kind of eligibility rule, maybe because he started the season on the ir list…not sure how that works.

      • bmscalise - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        D’Agostini can’t play until until Sat. He was on LTIR – which requires you to be out at least 28 days and 10 games, I believe.

    • Meta - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      how’s zolnierczyk been for you guys? i was kinda sad to see him leave my flyers. he had a lot of energy and was so fast

      • c9castine - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        id say we like him so far. he has kept himself out of trouble, real fast and good on the forecheck and seems to have a nose for the net. likes to stick up for his teammates too huh? i expect well see him play 30-40 games up here this year. injuries always happen.

  2. joey4id - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    D’agostini can’t play because he’s still on the IR. Period. Nothing to do with the fact that he sorted the season on there.

    • c9castine - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      everything to do with it. not eligible until saturday. period. nothing to do with the fact that hes still on the IR because hes still on the IR because he has to still be on the IR. make sense? good.

  3. steelers88 - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    This Penguins defense is DEEP! I cant believe I’m saying this but it might be one of the most underrated defenses this year.

  4. c1md6 - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    @steelers 88

    Lol. Put down the crack pipe my friend.

  5. goodknave - Oct 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    To call Letang a “star” is downright laughable. He was a major reason why Pittsburgh was annihilated by Boston last year, because he seems to have only mild interest in actually playing defense.

    Just another overrated, WHA-style Penguin.

    • goodknave - Oct 25, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      By the way, the headline on the cover page used the term “star.”

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