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Letang possible for Pens tonight

Tuesday, 11.29.2011 / 12:56 PM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / At the Rink blog

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Letang possible for Pens tonight
NEW YORK -- Kris Letang returned from a vicious hit from Montreal's Max Pacioretty on Saturday to score the game-winning goal in overtime, but Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was non-committal on his defenseman's status for tonight's game against the Rangers (7:30 p.m. ET, Versus, TSN2).

Letang skated at Madison Square Garden this morning and said he would speak to doctors this afternoon about his broken nose. The Penguins only have six defensemen in town right now, so if they wanted to replace Letang, they'd need to recall one from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL before the game.

Bylsma said Marc-Andre Fleury would make the start in net. Assuming Letang plays, here is what the Penguins' lineup will look like against the Rangers:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Steve Sullivan - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Zbynek Michalek - Paul Martin
Matt Niskanen - Deryk Engelland
 
Marc-Andre Fleury will start in goal, with Brent Johnson the backup.

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.

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