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The Inside Scoop: Letang Practices

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
DENVER, Colorado – While the major news of the day was Pascal Dupuis' decision to no longer play hockey because of a medical condition related to blood clots, his teammates still took the ice for practice at Big Bear Ice Arena.

 
Defenseman Kris Letang, who missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury, was back on the ice for practice and took contact.
 
"(Letang) has skated the two previous days and had good skates," head coach Mike Johnston said. "We'll see how he responds to practice and the contact, and if the trainers give him clearance for (Wednesday's game against the Avalanche) or not."
 

WORKFLOW
The Pens used the following workflow at practice…
 
Kunitz-Crosby-Bennett
Perron-Malkin-Kessel
Fehr-Bonino-Hornqvist
Plotnikov-Cullen-Sprong
 
Maatta-Letang
Dumoulin-Lovejoy
Scuderi-Clendening
Cole-Warsofsky
 

SPRONG BACK
With Dupuis out, that leaves a hole for the Pens to fill in their lineup. Rookie Daniel Sprong will re-enter the lineup.
 
"Sprong will be in and we looked at a couple different combinations for lines," Johnston said. "We'll look at it closer after practice."
 
Sprong, 18, last played Nov. 17 against Minnesota. He has two goals in 14 games this season.
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