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Letang misses Saturday’s game with undisclosed injury

Dec 14, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins defense corps already looked shorthanded coming into Saturday’s game versus the Detroit Red Wings. Now they’ll be without Kris Letang, too, as he’s missing tonight’s contest with an undisclosed injury.

The Penguins announced that head coach Dan Bylsma will share more about Letang’s situation after the game. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe believes that it isn’t serious, though.

Pittsburgh has already been struggling with injuries on its blueline, as Brooks Orpik has missed two games with a concussion, Rob Scuderi‘s missed 22 with a broken ankle and Paul Martin has been sidelined for eight with a broken tibia.

Letang, 26, has missed nine games of his own with a lower-body injury. Obviously, it’s unclear if this is the same issue or something new.

After accomplishing the rare feat of scoring more than a point-per-game (38 in 35) last season, Letang has been struggling – relatively speaking, of course – with 11 points in 24 games this season. He’s still a significant piece for Pittsburgh, though.

The Penguins hope to win their third game in a row. They’ll face a Red Wings team that won’t feel much sympathy for their injury woes tonight.

  1. theskinsman - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Karma can be tough.

  2. drewzducks - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    That’s ok, Engelland just pulled another typical, gutless move knocking out Abdelkader. For now on, such moves will be referred to as pulling a “Penguin”.

    • theskinsman - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      Perfectly stated!

  3. theskinsman - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Letang is missing this game due to wetting his pants in fear he might be the next Orpik, paying for his teams’ cheap shot style.

  4. runhigh24 - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    you see the penguins could whine about having none of their top-4 Dmen available. instead they are just gonna win a game against the detroit red wings.

  5. bencia823 - Dec 15, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Letang has talked about how he has never been 100% this season from the lower body injury that kept him out in the beginning of the season. I’d guess that this injury is behind the scratch

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