The rich will get richer soon, as it appears that the Pittsburgh Penguins will get Kris Letang back this week.
The high-caliber offensive-defenseman hasn’t played in a regular season game for the Pens yet, but has been working out off the ice and during practices to get his injured knee back to game shape. He appears close, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Letang could be ready to go when the Penguins take on the New York Islanders on October 25. As per the Gazette’s report:
The Penguins don’t play again until Friday when the New York Islanders visit Consol Energy Center, and that could be enough time for defenseman Kris Letang to get medical clearance to return from an apparent knee injury that dates to training camp.
Letang has been practicing with the team.
As it stands right now, Pittsburgh is at the top of the Eastern Conference with a 7-2 record. They are three points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes for the Metropolitan Division lead and are the fourth-most potent offensive team in the league.
Getting Letang back will make them even more dangerous. He was a point-per-game player for the Pens in 2013, and is among the best puck-moving defensemen in the NHL. He’ll also give a boost to Pittsburgh’s power play, which is currently ranked 10th in the league and is clicking at 21.9%.