Pittsburgh Penguins star defenseman Kris Letang was questionable to play today due to an illness, and he missed yesterday’s practice as a result. The Penguins official Twitter account tweeted today that Kris Letang will be out today due to food poisoning, and he was not expected to play in today’s game against the Ottawa Senators anyway. The Penguins already have the first seed in the Eastern Conference locked up, and it is best to give Letang the rest he needs.
Letang is reportedly day-to-day, but this food poisoning is not a significant issue. No, the real issue would have been playing Letang today, because, again, the Penguins don’t have much to play for at this point in the regular season. It is best to let a player rest until he is truly 100%.
This past season, Letang put up 34 points for the Penguins on 29 assists and five goals, with ten of those assists coming on power plays. In total, Letang reeled off 85 shots on goal and scored a goal for the Penguins in their 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Last week against the Montreal Canadiens, Letang went off to the tune of three assists, and he will continue to be a huge factor once we get into the playoffs. The top-seeded Penguins are taking the cautious route here.
Netminder Marc-Andre Fleury won’t be playing today with his wife in labor, but Thomas Vokoun is an excellent backup and had a great showing against the Bruins with 38 saves. Beau Bennett is out with an upper-body injury.