PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Kris Letang is questionable for tonight’s game at the New York Rangers with a broken nose.
He suffered the injury in Saturday night’s 4-3 overtime win at Montreal when Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty came across the middle of the ice and hit Letang as he was shooting the puck with a blow to the head. Pacioretty has since received a three-game suspension for the hit.
The nose is affecting Letang’s ability to breathe. He was late to Monday’s practice as he was being evaluated by doctors. Letang said he’s hopeful he’ll play, but Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said the team will likely call up a defenseman from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in case Letang is unable to dress.
“Kris was not on the ice today because he was seeing the doctor for his facial injuries,” Bylsma said, according to the Penguins official website. “He got back on the ice and he seems to be doing fine. I haven’t spoken with him, but I think he got a pretty good skate in on the ice after the practice or at the end of practice. I think he’s doing fine right now.”
Letang joined the team late in practice and stayed after to test his breathing and his overall ability to play.
“I skated hard at the end with (assistant coach) Todd (Reirden),” Letang said. “It’s just how I’m going to feel in the next hours and how I’m going to feel (Tuesday) morning when I wake up.”