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Letang expects to play big minutes in season debut

Oct 25, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

After sitting out the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first nine games with a lower-body injury, it appears that Kris Letang will make his 2013-14 season debut against the New York Islanders Friday. NHL.com reports that he won’t just ease into the lineup, as he’s expected to be on Pittsburgh’s top even-strength and power-play pairings.

Letang notes that Rob Scuderi‘s stay-at-home style should balance out his more aggressive, attacking offensive instincts.

The Penguins haven’t exactly fallen apart without their 26-year-old star blueliner, as they easily lead the woeful Metropolitan Division with a 7-2-0 (14 points) mark. That doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy having his dangerous offensive skill set back, though.

It might already be too late for Letang to lead defensemen in scoring, however. P.K. Subban has a heck of a head start, with 11 points in 10 games so far.

  1. csilojohnson - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Tanger will catch up. Subban is a dirtbag so karma is bound to put a hurdle or two in his way.

    • bencia823 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      *P.K. Slewfoot

  2. stakex - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Its kinda funny…. the Pens defense was the best its been in years without him in the lineup, and the team wasn’t having any trouble finding the net. Was he really worth $7,250,000 a year to a team already up against the cap, that clearly didn’t need him?

    • President Charles Logan - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      Your jealousy and bitterness really rears it’s ugly head when you post about the Pens

  3. thesportsjudge - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Get a haircut, hippie. Lol.

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