Kris Letang D PIT 8 Hrs

Letang was diagnosed with a concussion stemming from a head injury in the second period of Saturday's game, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Letang is currently being listed as day-to-day, but a concussion serious enough to require a trip to the hospital could cost the blueliner more time than just a couple days. He'll need to go through the concussion protocol before returning to the ice, though he's currently dealing with an open-ended timetable. However, he can effectively be ruled out for Sunday's contest.

Kris Letang D PIT 1 Day

Letang will remain in the hospital overnight after suffering a scary head injury during the second period of Saturday's game, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reports.

Letang will remain in the hospital for the night, making him unlikely to take the ice Sunday against San Jose. If he misses that game, his next chance to return would be Wednesday against Philadelphia.

Kris Letang D PIT 1 Day

Letang required transport to the hospital Saturday after a scary hit in the second period of Saturday's game against the Coyotes, reports the Associated Press. He was shoved backwards in the boards by Shane Doan after the defender had flipped the puck out of the zone. He hit the back of his head on the boards.

Letang remained on the ice for several minutes and was attended by the team trainer and physician before teammates helped him off. The hit wasn't dirty; Letang was off balance and in an odd position near the boards. Letang's medical history -- concussions and a stroke -- make this situation a significant concern. '"We'll get an evaluation as to where everybody thinks he's at in the morning," Pens' head coach Mike Johnston said after the game.

Kris Letang D PIT 1 Day

Letang left Saturday's game in the second period after he was hit into the end boards by the Coyotes' Shane Doan, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Penguins haven't ruled Letang out of the game yet, but that seems like a safe conclusion after he was unable to skate off the ice on his own. It appeared that Letang's head backed into the boards on the hit, so the blueliner will undoubtedly be evaluated for a concussion, among other possible injuries. Penguins tough guy Steve Downie quickly got in a skirmish with Doan shortly after play resumed, but that won't make up for any potential absence for Letang, who entered Saturday ranked in a tie for second among all NHL blueliners with 54 points in 68 games.

Kris Letang D PIT 8 Days

Letang picked up his 43rd assist and totaled 31:09 TOI against Arizona on Saturday.

With Christian Ehrhoff a late scratch due to an undisclosed injury, Letang stepped up and led Pittsburgh defensemen in playing time. He saw five minutes-plus more ice time than did the team's second-highest blueliner, Paul Martin (25:03 TOI). Letang has struggled to maintain his composure in recent games -- he's compiled 34 PIM in eight games, but is only four points behind Ottawa's Erik Karlsson (58 points) in the scoring race among all defensemen.

Kris Letang D PIT 9 Days

Letang recorded six PIM and a power-play goal in Thursday's loss to the Stars.

It took Letang 28 additional games this season, but the defenseman has finally matched his goal total of 11 from 2013-14. While that significant decline in goal efficiency would normally qualify a player as a disappointment, Letang has actually become even more of a fantasy asset due to his sizable assist total (42 in 65 games), improved plus/minus rating (plus-12), and better overall health. He's only missed six contests to injury this season and will finish with his most games played since 2010-11, when he suited up from the full 82.

Kris Letang D PIT 19 Days

Letang tallied an assist on Pittsburgh's lone goal Monday versus the Sharks.

With zero goals and seven assists in his last 11 games, Letang has fallen into a mini-slump by his standards. He leads all defensemen in points with 51 (in 60 games), but Ottawa's Erik Karlsson is smelling blood -- he has 50 points in 64 contests. Pittsburgh will play its next three games at home, where Letang has scored 26 points in 29 games.

Kris Letang D PIT 27 Days

Letang picked up two power-play assists in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Blue Jackets.

The Penguins turned the game into a runaway with three unanswered goals on the man advantage in the second period, with Letang setting up David Perron and Evgeni Malkin on scores. Letang has been an asset on the power play all season, where his 21 assists rank third in the league.

Kris Letang D PIT 1 Month

Letang (undisclosed) was on the ice for Wednesday's practice, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.Letang was temporarily forced out of action in Wednesday's loss to the Capitals when Alex Ovechkin clubbed the defenseman in the foot with his stick. Based on Letang's participation in practice Wednesday, it would seem he escaped the game without much concern about the injury, which should enable him to suit up Thursday against the Blue Jackets.

Kris Letang D PIT 1 Month

Letang registered his 35th assist Tuesday, giving him 45 points in 51 games.He took an Alexander Ovechkin slash to his skate, crashing into the end boards. After missing a couple shifts, the defender returned to finish the game. Letang has a history of concussion, so it's possible symptoms propagate in the next couple days.