BOSTON -- Penguins defenseman Kris Letang
, who left the team's contest against San Jose Saturday night in the first period with an undisclosed injury and did not return, will be evaluated by team doctors in Pittsburgh on Monday.
Letang's status for Pittsburgh's showdown with the Boston Bruins at TDBanknorth Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m. is unknown.
On Sunday, Letang joined his teammates as they flew from San Jose to Boston. After arriving in Boston, he boarded his own flight headed to Pittsburgh so that he could meet with team doctors.
Letang has seven points (1G-6A) through 17 games this season and averages 21:21 minutes of ice time per game, the fourth highest total on the team.
Letang's injury is the latest setback for a Penguins team that has been decimated by injuries. Pittsburgh is missing over a fourth of its lineup due to injuries to Sergei Gonchar (broken left wrist), Evgeni Malkin
(shoulder strain), Max Talbot (shoulder) and Tyler Kennedy