Kris Letang D PIT 1 Month

Letang tallied two helpers Friday -- including one on the power play -- giving him assists on each of Pittsburgh's last seven goals.

The defender, who rung one shot off the post Friday, has scored a goal and 13 assists in his last eight contests. He's also closing in on a point per game pace with 39 points (9G, 30A) in 43 games. After suffering a stroke nearly a year ago to today's date, Letang has made an amazing recover, providing fantasy owners with elite production as a defenseman.

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Letang, who'd been questionable for Tuesday's game with a head injury, slotted into the lineup and assisted on all five Pittsburgh goals, adding a plus-2 rating and two PIM in a victory over the Jets.

So it seems like he's feeling alright. Letang had sat out the Pens' final game before the break, but it looks like that's all the time he needed to get over the hit he took a week ago Tuesday.

Kris Letang D PIT 1 Month

Letang (head) is on the ice for pregame warmups and is listed as a member of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Jets.

Letang was termed a game-time decision Tuesday after missing the Pens' final contest before the All-Star break with a probable head injury. However, after practicing Monday and Tuesday without incident, it was believed he was likely to play, and it seems like that will indeed be the case based on his on-ice activity during warmups. Fantasy owners should have no qualms about keeping Letang active; with 32 points in 40 games, he's been one of the most productive blueliners in the NHL this season despite an assortment of minor injuries.

Kris Letang D PIT 1 Month

Letang (head) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Jets.

We'll continue to track Letang's status as Tuesday's game approaches, but for his part, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review suggests that it "sounds quite likely" that Letang will play Tuesday.

Kris Letang D PIT 1 Month

Letang (head) believes he will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Jets, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Letang was a full participant in practice Monday, and appears to be clear of the symptoms that held him out of last Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks. Assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks, it appears fair to believe he will dress for Tuesday's contest, but the team should confirm his status one way or another before it begins.

Kris Letang D PIT 1 Month

Letang -- who absorbed a hard hit from Zac Rinaldo of the Flyers on Tuesday -- has undergone concussion tests, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

While the Penguins have not confirmed whether or not Letang is concussed, the reports suggests that apparently the blueliner has displayed signs of having suffered a concussion. In any case, Letang's status for the Penguins' Jan. 27 contest is unclear, with GM Rutherford noting "we'll be real cautious with this."

Kris Letang D PIT 1 Month

Letang was not on the ice for pregame warmups Wednesday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Letang also was not listed on the Penguins' defensive pairings in advance of their showdown with the Blackhawks. It looks as if Robert Bortuzzo will take his place on the first pairing, with Robert Scuderi and Derrick Pouliot also in line to see extra work.

Kris Letang D PIT 1 Month

Letang (head) was not spotted taking the pre-game skate against the Blackhawks on Wednesday.

It would appear as though the Pens will play it safe and give their star defender a full week off to recover from Zac Rinaldo's hit Tuesday.

Kris Letang D PIT 1 Month

Coach Mike Johnston said Letang (head) would be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "Letang is still going through tests," Johnston said. "He still has a couple tests to be cleared."

Letang created some optimism about his availability by taking part in Wednesday's optional morning skate, but the Penguins will wait until the afternoon to reassess his health. It wouldn't be surprising if Letang ended up being scratched for precautionary reasons if nothing else, as his history of concussions and the promise of rest during the upcoming All-Star break could make the Penguins reluctant to use him a day after he took a brutal hit to the head from the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo. The Penguins already went ahead and called up defenseman Derrick Pouliot from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the event Letang can't play Wednesday.

Kris Letang D PIT 1 Month

Letang (head) was on the ice for Wednesday's optional skate.

This is extremely good news for the Penguins, as it looked like Letang, who suffered two concussions in the 2011-12 season, might have picked up another long-term head injury after he was boarded into the glass by the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo on Tuesday. After visiting with doctors Wednesday morning, it looks like Letang was cleared to resume activities, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll suit up during the Pens' game later in the evening against the Blackhawks. Expect coach Mike Johnston to provide an update on Letang's status when he meets with the media prior to the game.