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Kris Letang could return after Christmas break for Pittsburgh Penguins

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Kris Letang could return to action after the NHL’s Christmas break. The Pittsburgh Penguins managed to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs last night despite missing five of their top six defensemen, but getting Letang back would be a massive boost to a blue line that is still without Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi due to injury.

The team awaits word on the fate of Deryk Engelland, who was ejected from Saturday’s contests against the Detroit Red Wings for hitting Justin Abdelkader in the head. He could face a suspension of more than five games because his hearing is in person.

Regardless, the Penguins are slowly cleaning their bill of health.

Letang was placed on the IR on Monday with an upper-body injury. The fleet-footed defenseman has been limited to only 24 games this season. Pittsburgh has played in a total of 35 to this point. He wasn’t able to make his season debut until October 25, and Letang seems to be struggling to regain his top-end form due to all the missed time.

He is on pace for 33 points this season, which would be his lowest total since 2009.

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