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58 Kris Letang D
Height/Weight: 6-0/200 | Birthdate: 4/24/1987 | Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada | Team: Pittsburgh Penguins | College: None | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $3,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/94 | Average Draft Position: 68.12
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12/18/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Dinged Up Thursday

News: Kris Letang was hit by two Colorado shots Thursday but didn't miss any time, skating 28:24 TOI against the Avs.
Analysis: He took four shots on goal, blocked four shots and delivered a team-high five hits. Kris Letang also appeared injured by a Dennis Everberg check (which was penalized). The Penguins can ill-afford to lose their top defenseman, who's scored four goals and eight points in his last seven games.

12/13/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Continues To Thrive Under New Coach

News: Kris Letang scored two goals Saturday, including his third career short-handed effort, in a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: The blueliner, who also beat goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for a shootout goal, collected two PIM, four shots on goal and a season-best plus-3 rating. Kris Letang extended his point streak to five games, during which he's potted four goals while adding four helpers. He's raised his game to Norris-Trophy caliber with his fine play in recent weeks.

12/13/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang (Groin) Activated From IR

News: Kris Letang (groin) was activated from injured reserve Friday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang has been out since late November with the groin injury, but has been participating in practice this week. Coach Mike Johnston indicated that he expects Letang to play Friday against the Flames, and his removal from injured reserve furthers that expectation.

12/12/2014

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Kris Letang

Letang Looks Fresh For Pens On Friday

News: Kris Letang returned from a five-game absence Friday and scored a power-play goal -- his fifth goal of the season -- against the Flames.
Analysis: Kris Letang deflected a Simon Despres in front of the Calgary net to give Pittsburgh an early 2-0 lead. Despite sitting out since Nov. 28, he led his team in ice time (27:16). The blueliner also extended his point streak to four games (2G, 4A).

12/12/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Set To Play Friday

News: Coach Mike Johnston said after Friday's morning skate that he expected Kris Letang (groin) to play later in the evening against the Flames, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: The Penguins will still have to formally activate Kris Letang from injured reserve before game time, but that should happen at some point in the afternoon. The blueliner was a full participant in both Thursday's practice and Friday's optional session, clearing the way for him to reenter the lineup after a five-game break.

12/12/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang (Groin) Likely To Return Friday

News: Kris Letang (groin) is expected to return to action Friday against the Flames, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang took full contact at Thursday's practice and is being labeled as a game-time decision, but seems to be trending toward active status for Friday. His availability will ultimately hinge on the decision of the coaching and medical staff, though it seems likely that his participation in Friday's morning skate without any limitations will be enough to give him the green light to play. Letang has missed the last five games with the groin injury.

12/10/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Could Be Ready For Friday

News: Kris Letang (groin) went through a full practice Tuesday, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang, who has been out since Nov. 28 with the injury, is targeting a return to the Penguins' lineup Friday against the Flames. He'll still need to practice Thursday without any complications before the Penguins activate him from IR, but it seems like the blueliner isn't in line for an especially long absence. He's been outstanding this season when healthy, contributing four goals and 14 assists over 22 games.

12/8/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Out On Monday

News: Kris Letang (groin) will not play in Monday's game against the Rangers, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang participated in the Penguins' game-day skate but will not play in the game on Monday. Head coach Mark Johnston said he expects Letang to be more involved in practice on Tuesday but to be held out of contact drills. Letang has scored four goals and 14 assists in 22 games this season before getting hurt on Nov. 28.

12/8/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Could Play Monday

News: Kris Letang (groin) participated in Monday's morning skate.
Analysis: There's no word yet on whether or not Kris Letang will be in the lineup Monday against the Rangers, so consider him a game time decision unless we hear more. The blueliner hasn't played since Nov. 28, and racked up four goals and 14 assists in 22 games before getting hurt.

12/6/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang (Groin) Skates Saturday Morning

News: Kris Letang (groin) took part in Saturday's morning skate.
Analysis: Coach Mike Johnston said Thursday that he expected Kris Letang to miss about two weeks with the groin issue. The 27-year-old Letang has already missed a week of action, and while it sounds like he has a chance to beat Johnston's initial estimate, the team will wait and see how he feels Sunday morning before thinking about easing him back into the lineup.

12/4/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Expect Letang Back Mid-December

News: Pens coach Mike Johnston said Thursday that he expects Kris Letang (groin) to miss about two weeks.
Analysis: Kris Letang was injured Nov. 29 against the Hurricanes, putting a possible return sometime around Dec. 15, when the Pens host Tampa Bay. "They expect it (groin injury) to settle down over the first 7-10 days, and then it will be wait-and-see after that," coach Johnston said. "In my mind I'm looking at probably about two weeks." A combination of Olli Maatta, Christian Ehrhoff and perhaps Paul Martin is expected to help offset Pittsburgh's loss of Letang on the top power-play unit.

12/2/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Dealing With Groin Issue

News: Kris Letang's lower-body injury has been identified as a groin issue, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang was placed on IR prior to Tuesday's game, but the team still hasn't elaborated on the extent of the injury, other than labeling it has "minor" last week. He won't eligible to return from IR until Saturday at the earliest.

12/2/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens Place Letang On IR

News: Kris Letang (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: The move doesn't suggest a setback in Kris Letang's timetable; it's strictly a procedural move for the Penguins to call up winger Scott Wilson, who will take the blueliner's place on the active roster. Letang will miss his second and third straight games Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, but would be eligible to return Saturday versus the Senators if healthy.

12/1/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Out Tuesday

News: Kris Letang (lower body) will miss Tuesday's game against the Devils, Shelly Anderson reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang was off to a hot start with four goals and 14 assists in 22 games before getting hurt, but sat out Saturday's game with the injury. Keep an eye out for an update from the team when an official timetable for his return is known.

11/29/2014

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Kris Letang

Penguins' Letang Sidelined With Minor Injury

News: Letting did not play Saturday due to a minor lower-body injury.
Analysis: Head coach Mike Johnston said the injury is nothing major, but the Penguins' medical staff didn't think he was healthy enough to play Saturday. Consider Kris Letang questionable for Pittsburgh's next game Tuesday.

11/29/2014

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Kris Letang

Letang's Status Unknown For Pens On Saturday

News: Kris Letang will not play Saturday against the Hurricanes, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: He fell backwards on his right knee and grimaced during Friday's game but continued playing. Robert Bortuzzo will take his spot on the blue line.

11/28/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Ends Goalless Slump Friday

News: Kris Letang scored for the first time in nine games Friday against the Hurricanes.
Analysis: The defenseman was in the right place at the right time, pushing home an open-net rebound past Cam Ward for his fourth goal of the year. Kris Letang now has five points (1G, 4A) in his last three games and continues to provide fantasy owners with the upper-echelon type production they enjoyed from him prior to a stroke.

11/27/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Helps Out Wednesday

News: Kris Letang notched two helpers in Wednesday's victory over the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: That's back-to-back two-assist games for Kris Letang, who already has a whopping 10 helpers on the power play this season. Now healthy after a season in which he was sidelined for a long stretch of action following a stroke, Letang has quickly reestablished himself as one of the better fantasy defensemen out there.

11/24/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Breaks Slump Monday

News: Kris Letang assisted on all three Pittsburgh goals Monday against the Bruins.
Analysis: The Penguin defender, who had totaled just one assist in his last six games, was on-point with tape-to-take passes and played with plenty of confidence. Kris Letang now has 16 points (3G, 13A) in 20 tilts, including two goals and 10 points on the power play. After struggling to keep his spot on the team's No. 1 power play under Dan Bylsma, he has no such problem with new head coach Mike Johnston.

11/24/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Dishes Out Two Assists

News: Kris Letang collected a pair of assists in Monday's 3-2 win over the Bruins.
Analysis: Kris Letang now has 12 assists through 20 games, already surpassing last season's total. He finished Monday's contest with a plus-2 rating and continued his recent uptick in shots, firing off four in 26:26 TOI.

11/11/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Leaves And Then Returns Tuesday

News: Kris Letang finished Tuesday's game with two blocks, two shots and three hits despite missing half of the first period.
Analysis: After the game, coach Mike Johnston said Kris Letang was evaluated by the training staff and allowed to return. The Pittsburgh coach didn't specify the injury, saying only that he "met with the trainers and they felt that he was able to continue to play."

11/11/2014

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Kris Letang

Letang Back In For Pens Tuesday

News: Kris Letang returned to Tuesday's game after leaving early with a first-period injury.
Analysis: Fantasy owners appear to have a dodged a bullet. Kris Letang will resume his role as a member of the top defensive pairing and No. 1 power-play unit.

11/11/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Leaves Tuesday's Tilt Early

News: Kris Letang left Tuesday's game with an undisclosed injury against the Rangers.
Analysis: He appeared to injure his groin midway through the first period. The loss of Kris Letang, who didn't come out for the start of the second period, would be a big blow to Pittsburgh if the defender is forced to miss an extended amount of time.

11/8/2014

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Kris Letang

Letang On Target For Pens On Saturday

News: Kris Letang lit up the net with two goals and two helpers Saturday in Buffalo.
Analysis: He entered Saturday with eight power-play points and none at even strength but scored three of his four points during 5-on-5 play versus the Sabres. Kris Letang compiled a plus-3 rating and registered five shots. He now has eight points (3G, 5A) in his last six games. The defenseman has thrived under new head coach Mike Johnston and his puck-possession system.

11/4/2014

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Kris Letang

Letang Leading Special Teams Play In Pittsburgh

News: Tuesday's assist gives Kris Letang eight points -- all on the power play -- in Pittsburgh's first 11 games of the season.
Analysis: Kris Letang, who totaled a team-leading 28:48 TOI against the Wild, will be called upon even more with Olli Maatta sidelined. His giveaway on the power play led to the Wild's lone goal, but he's rebounded well after an injury plagued 2013-14.