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Letang close to return

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Penguins

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang participated in full-contact practice on Sunday afternoon and will likely be a game-time decision when Pittsburgh hosts Calgary on Monday night at PPG Paints Arena.

 "(Letang's) practice today was very encouraging. We'll see how he responds overnight," head coach Mike Sullivan said. "My sense is he'll be a game-time decision (Monday)."

Letang has missed the past eight games with a lower-body injury. He's been skating for an hour a day for the past week, but is glad to be back with his teammates.

"It's fun to be back on the ice with all the guys," Letang said. "I was getting lonely out there. It's fun to be a part of practice. Get motion and back into the rhythm."

Letang took part in all aspects of the practice, including rushes with his normal defensive partner Brian Dumoulin.

"He's a guy that we've missed these last few games. He'll come in and won't miss a step," Dumoulin said. "It's good to have him back."

Letang had been listed as out "longer term," but admitted that his recovery is ahead of schedule.

"Quicker than what we thought," he said.

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