The Pens got back in the win column with an overtime win against the Ducks last night — and more reinforcements could soon be on the way back to the lineup.
Defenseman Kris Letang rejoined the team, skating in a non-contact jersey the morning. He was injured and then was on a personal leave of absence from the team due to the passing of his father.
Kris Letang will not play in Ottawa on Wednesday, with Coach Sullivan categorizing him as day-to-day.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 17, 2023
Coach Sullivan: "We're looking forward to him joining us during a game. We're hopeful that's sooner than later." Read more: https://t.co/Psyabl9mU1 pic.twitter.com/pcGCKIozWb
Head coach Mike Sullivan said Letang won’t play tomorrow night, but said the following:
“We’re looking forward to him joining us during a game. We’re hopeful that’s sooner than later.”
During the optional skate at the UPMC Lemieux complex in Cranberry Township, Jeff Petry and Ryan Poehling joined the team for practice in full-contact jerseys and goaltender Tristan Jarry was on the ice as well. It’s unclear when he may return to the lineup.
#Pens practice is underway. Seems to be optional.— Wes Crosby (@OtherNHLCrosby) January 17, 2023
Kris Letang (no contact) is sticking around for it.
Jeff Petry and Ryan Poehling (regular contact jerseys) are out there.
Tristan Jarry is out there.
Josh Archibald (no contact) is out there.
Josh Archibald skated in a non-contact role as well.
Following the Pens’ overtime win last night at home, they’ll hit the road north of the border to Ottawa, where they’ll take on the Senators in a home-and-home series starting tomorrow night. The two teams will then play at PPG Paints Arena on Friday night.
Puck drop tomorrow night in Ottawa is scheduled for 7 p.m.