Monday morning brought some bad news for the Pittsburgh Penguins and unfortunately it is a story that the Penguins and their fan base have heard far too many times in the past several years.
According to an official report from Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan, veteran defenseman Kris Letang has once again been injured. Letang was out on the ice for practice this morning with his fellow Penguins teammates but the Penguins blue liner was forced to leave early for the Penguins are currently calling "precautionary reasons." Although this was reportedly only precautionary, Sullivan would go on to acknowledge that Letang is in fact dealing with an injury of some sort.
"He started practice today. He left the ice for precautionary reasons. Kris has a nagging lower-body injury," said Sullivan.
This of course is incredibly frustrating for the Penguins who have not had Letang play a full 82 game season for them since the 2010 - 2011 National Hockey League regular season, a rather unfortunate statistic. It's unclear if Letang will be missing time as a result of his current injury, but if he was pulled out of practice today it seems like there is at least a chance that he could be forced to sit out Tuesday's match up against the New York Islanders at the PPG Paints Arena.
The injury to Letang is particularly frustrating due to the fact that the veteran defenseman was off to an extremely hot start to kick of the 2018 - 2019 NHL regular season. Through just 9 games of play Letang has already amassed 4 goals and 7 assists for a total of 9 points from the blue line, a great degree of production for a defenseman. On top of that Letang boasts a very impressive plus minus rating of +8 already through those 9 games, one of the better starts he has had in recent memory.
The good news is that if this is indeed a nagging injury it's an indication that Letang has been able to play through it thus far so if he is forced to miss time due to the injury it likely won't be for an extended period of time.