PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Penguins defensemen Kris Letang and Ben Lovejoy were forced to miss Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders because of injuries.

Letang was injured Sunday against New Jersey when he went sliding feet first into the boards in the third period. He finished the game, but Penguins coach Dan Bylsma listed Letang as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

There is no timeline on when Letang may return to the lineup, but he doesn’t figure to be out for too long.

Lovejoy, on the other hand, will be out for an extended period of time. He had knee surgery after Sunday’s game and is expected to be out four to six weeks.

Lovejoy’s injury means the Penguins could keep a defenseman from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in Pittsburgh into the playoffs. The team has carried seven healthy defensemen for most of the year.

Defenseman Matt Niskanen skated before the team’s morning skate Tuesday. He is listed as day-to-day.

Other injury news:

  • Forward Joe Vitale skated Tuesday morning with Niskanen. He’s also day-to-day.
  • Backup goaltender Brent Johnson participated in the Penguins morning skate. Bylsma said he’s still a few days away from potentially returning to the bench.

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