Kris Letang placed on injured reserved

Game Day Pens Report has the latest update on Kris’ injury and placement to IR:

Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma had quite a few injury/lineup notes in his post-morning skate address…

  • Malkin is day-to-day with lower-body injury
  • Scuderi 7-9 days away, could return post-Christmas break
  • Letang on IR and eligible to return post-Christmas break
  • Glass 3-5 days away from returning
  • Fleury starting in goal

This morning the Pens announced they had placed defenseman Kris Letang on IR with an upper-body injury. The Pens’ top-4 blueliners are all now on IR (Scuderi, Martin, Orpik, Letang). With Deryk Engelland expected to hear from the NHL regarding his hit on Justin Abdelkader Saturday night, the team recalled blueliner Philip Samuelsson from WBS.

That means the Pens will likely have the following defensemen in the lineup tonight: Niskanen, Despres, Bortuzzo, Dumoulin, Maatta and Samuelsson. Combined Despres (60), Bortuzzo (39), Maatta (34), Dumoulin (1) and Samuelsson (0) have played in 134 career NHL games.

The team also recalled Harry Zolnierczyk from WBS. More details here on Samuelsson and Zolnierczyk.

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