Defenseman Kris Letang and forward Marcel Goc were absent from Thursday’s practice at Southpointe.
Letang was hobbled by a couple of shots in Wednesday night’s game against the Bruins, but didn’t miss a shift in the game.
In fact, he played a game-high 27:28 minutes, which was over five minutes more than the next-highest Penguin (Sidney Crosby at 22:10 minutes) and about three more than Boston’s Zdeno Chara.
Johnston said Letang was given a maintenance day this afternoon and expects him to be fine.
“We just kept Kris off the ice today, a little bit of a maintenance day but he should be fine,” head coach Mike Johnston said.
Goc has been dealing with an illness and missed the game against Boston because of it. Johnston said he should return to team practice on Friday at Southpointe.
“Goc was here at the rink today, did a workout off the ice and I expect him on the ice tomorrow,” Johnston said. “But he’s been sick and we just wanted to make sure he came in, at least got a workout today then went home. He’ll be back tomorrow and I expect him to practice full out tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, defenseman Paul Martin returned to the lineup Wednesday evening after missing eight straight games with an undisclosed injury.
Despite that being his first game since Dec. 18 (not to mention the quick turnaround from the final horn, which didn’t sound until closer to 11 p.m. due to the 8 p.m. start, to practice at noon), Martin said everything felt fine after today’s session.
“I feel good,” he said. “No issues whatsoever today, so I don’t see anything being a problem.”