Kris Letang will not suit up for the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight when they take on the Ottawa Senators. He missed Pittsburgh’s contest on Saturday with an illness, and it appears that the ailment will keep the top-end defenseman on the shelf once again this evening.
Bylsma: Letang still doesn’t feel well. Not playing tonight.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) February 3, 2014
This is just another aggravation for Letang, who has missed considerable time this season due to knee and elbow injuries. He’s only managed to lace up the skates for 34 of Pittsburgh’s 55 games, and he’s struggled when he has been out on the ice. No defender on the team sports a plus-minus worse than Letang’s minus-six, and he hasn’t been able to find his groove after missing the preseason.
The Penguins implemented a new defensive system over the summer, and Letang wasn’t able to take part in that learning process. He then missed a majority of October’s games before making his season debut on the 25th. Until recently, it’s been obvious that the time off has negatively impacted Letang’s game.
He hadn’t been showing a lot of confidence in his injured knee, but seemed to be turning a corner prior to this illness. He’ll have another few days to recover before the Penguins are back in action. Pittsburgh will travel to Buffalo for an away game on Wednesday, and that will be the former Norris nominee’s next chance to get back into a game.
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