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Kris Letang

Letang out vs. Blackhawks (Updated)


Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks with an undisclosed injury.

Letang was the recipient of a hit from Flyers’ forward Zac Rinaldo during the first period of Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss. Letang left the game immediately and did not return.

The 27-year-old took the team’s optional morning skate Wednesday and coach Mike Johnston called Letang a game-time decision for tonight.


After injuries limited Letang to just 37 games last season, he’s appeared in 40 games this season averaging over 25 minutes a night in ice time while registering nine goals and 32 points. Letang missed action in December due to a groin injury.

In missing tonight’s game, Letang will now have six days off before the Penguins return to action following the all star break on Jan. 27 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Report: Flyers’ Rinaldo waives right to an in-person hearing


Philadelphia Flyers’ forward Zac Rinaldo has reportedly waived his right to an in-person hearing.

He was offered a face-to-face conversation for his hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang Tuesday night.

Since Rinaldo was offered an in-person hearing he is eligible to be suspended for six or more games.

He received a boarding major and a game misconduct for this hit:

The Penguins announced Wednesday that Letang would be a game-time decision when Pittsburgh plays host to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Rinaldo has a history with the Department of Player Safety. In April of last year he was suspended four games for an illegal check to the head of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel.

Get your game notes: Blackhawks at Penguins

Chicago Blackhawks v Pittsburgh Penguins

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Chicago Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:


• Hawks look to enter break on a roll: Chicago entered last night’s game vs. Arizona having dropped 3 of its last 4 games, but the Hawks put up 51 shots in a 6-goal outburst to beat AZ 6-1 at United Center.

• Coach Joel Quenneville split up the normal All-Star pairing of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook on defense (Keith played w/ David Rundblad, and Seabrook w/ Niklas Hjalmarsson). He was pleased with the results: “I thought we had more balance, more consistency. It made the minutes more manageable across the board.”

• The Hawks also got important performances offensively:

• Andrew Shaw broke out of a 1-goal-in-22 games skid with 2 goals last night.

• Patrick Kane scored his 200th career goal and added 2 assists; he is now t-3rd in the NHL with 51 pts.

• Jonathan Toews snapped an 11-game goal drought.

• Rookie Teuvo Teravainen scored his 2nd NHL goal and added an assist – his 1st ever multi-point game.

• Penguins heading in the wrong direction: PIT is coming off a 3-2 (OT) loss in Philly last night, and the Pens have now dropped 3 straight (0-2-1 record) and 9 of their last 13 games (4-6-3 record).

• This skid over the last month has turned a 2-pt lead in the Metro Division to a 2nd-place standing, with a much tighter race:

• PIT’s fight-filled game with PHI: Defenseman Kris Letang – the team’s leader in TOI/G and 3rd-leading scorer – was checked from behind in the 1st period last night by PHI F Zac Rinaldo. Letang left the game and did not return, while Rinaldo was given a boarding major and a game misconduct.

• There were 4 fights in the 2nd period, and 93 combined PIM in the game.

• Letang underwent a concussion test, but the results were not divulged. His status for tonight is unknown.

• Rinaldo was offered an in-person hearing by the NHL for the hit, a CBA requirement if a potential suspension is to exceed 5 games. Rinaldo said after the game: “I changed the whole game, man. Who knows what woulda happened if I didn’t do what I did?”


• Patrick Kane has 9 points (3G-6A) in his last 6 games after 1 goal, 2 assists last night.

• With 51 points this season, Kane is t-3rd in the NHL in scoring, 5 points behind league-leader Jakub Voracek. The highest Kane has ever finished in the scoring race is 5th (lockout-shortened 2012-13 season).

• Kane is one of 4 players this season with 20+ goals and 20+ assists (T. Seguin, V. Tarasenko, J. Tavares).

• Jonathan Toews opened the scoring last night vs. AZ, extending his point streak to 6 games (1G-7A).

• He will be one of the two All-Star Captains this weekend, along with CBJ’s Nick Foligno.

• Career vs. PIT: 8 points (6G-2A) in 6 career games.

• Corey Crawford got the night off vs. AZ, and is likely starting tonight. He has lost two straight starts (8 goals against), and has played below his normal standard since injuring his foot at a concert at the start of December.


• Chris Kunitz scored shorthanded last night for his 500th career point.

• Kunitz career vs. CHI: 14 points (7G-7A) in 18 career games

• Evgeni Malkin had an assist last night, and now has 10 points (3G-7A) in last 8 games.\

• Sidney Crosby saw his 4-game point streak snapped last night, but he has 8 points (4G-4A), in his last 5 games.

• David Perron also had his 3-game point streak snapped last night, but he has 7 points (5G-2A) in 7 games with the team since being traded from EDM.

• Marc-Andre Fleury was given the night off last night. In his last action, he was pulled from the Penguins 5-2 loss vs. NYR on Sunday early in the 2nd period after allowing 4 goals on 17 shots.

• Fleury’s slump mirrors that of the team; since Dec. 22, he has won just 3 of 11 starts.

• Even though Fleury is on pace for over 65 starts, coach Mike Johnston denied that fatigue or overuse was a serious cause for his All-Star goaltender’s dip in performance: “It hasn’t been a concern for me. I watch him in practice and I watch him in games. Our games have been fairly spread out. There was a string there at Christmas where we had a lot and [backup Thomas Greiss] was out with the mumps. We probably played [Fleury] just a touch more, maybe one game more than we would have at that time.”

• Fleury is still on pace for a career year statistically, and has played especially well this season against the Western Conference in those 8 starts (7-1-0 record, 1.60 GAA, .947 SV%, 3 SO).

Columnist: Flyers ‘orchestrated’ fight night versus Pens during meal at ‘a local steakhouse’

Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers

According to Pittsburgh-based columnist Dejan Kovacevic, who was in attendance for last night’s fight-filled game at Wells Fargo Center, the “mayhem” we saw on the ice was “orchestrated” by Flyers captain “Claude Giroux and a few of his mates,” who “met at a local steakhouse and decided this night, this opponent would make the perfect foil for turning their season around.”

And just for good measure, Kovacevic called the Flyers “the most repugnant franchise in professional sports with all due apologies to Bill Belichick’s Patriots.”

The crux of Kovacevic’s column was that the Penguins, for the most part, kept their cool despite the Flyers’ attempt to “raise a circus tent over the proceedings.”

But it’s the charge that the Flyers cooked the whole thing up, as opposed to something that happened organically, that was most interesting. Especially considering what Zac Rinaldo said about his hit that injured Kris Letang.

Just another chapter in the rivalry, we suppose.

The Steakhouse Scheme.

Has a ring to it, no?

Letang going through tests after Rinaldo hit, game-time decision vs. ‘Hawks

Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers

Quick update on Pens defenseman Kris Letang, who was forced from Tuesday night’s powder keg versus Philly after a nasty hit from Zac Rinaldo.

Letang took Wednesday morning’s optional skate ahead of tonight’s game versus Chicago, but wasn’t made available to media. Per Pittsburgh head coach Mike Johnston, Letang is “still going through tests,” presumably related to concussion protocol, and “will be a game-time decision for sure.”

The Pens have also recalled Derrick Pouliot from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, though that could be a move related to Simon Despres, who won’t play tonight due to illness.

Letang’s status would, presumably, play a role in Rinaldo’s punishment from the league. The Department of Player Safety has already offered him an in-person hearing for the hit — time still to be determined — and, as we’ve seen in the past, injuries do play a role in length of suspension.