Letang & Michalek Return To Pittsburgh For Evaluation

By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Defensemen Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek returned to Pittsburgh to be evaluated after suffering recent injuries.

Letang was listed as questionable heading into Pittsburgh’s 4-3 loss at the New York Rangers. He was blindsided on a hit by Max Pacioretty Saturday night at Montreal. Letang broke his nose and was said to have breathing problems because of the injury.

There’s no word on whether or not Letang suffered any other injuries from the hit.

Michalek left Saturday’s game in Montreal early with an undisclosed injury.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said after Tuesday’s game that both were sent home as a precaution. The team hasn’t released any further information on either player.

Defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Alexandre Picard were called up from the Penguins minor league affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Both figure to remain with the team throughout the road trip.

Pittsburgh travels to Washington Thursday and then play at Carolina Saturday.

Other injury news:

  • Winger/enforcer Steve MacIntyre has been placed on injured reserve. Bylsma said MacIntyre has an upper-body injury.

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