Kris Letang had surgery on an infected wound on his elbow last week, but the Pittsburgh Penguins don’t expect the defenseman to be on the shelf beyond the NHL’s holiday break. This comes via a report from Rob Rossi of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Letang had a medical procedure to clean an open wound that appeared after the Penguins won at home against New Jersey on Dec. 13. He participated in pregame warm-ups at Detroit the next day but was a late-decision scratch. Letang did not have the surgery to repair a bone break or displacement or ligament damage. He had the procedure only to treat an infection in the wound. Temporary casting is in place to prevent arm movement that could reopen the wound.
The 26-year-old is typically regarded as one of the top puck-moving defensemen in the NHL, but he’s battled a string of injures this season. Letang is still on pace to play in 68 games this year though, yet his output hasn’t been as high as usual. If Letang continues to score at his current pace, he’ll finish the campaign with 31 points.
Where the seven-year veteran has truly struggled is in his own zone. He’s an unsightly minus-six right now.