Kris Letang D PIT 9 Days

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 9 Days

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.

Kris Letang D PIT 10 Days

Pens coach Mike Johnston said the team will have further information regarding Letang following Wednesday's gameday skate.

Johnston stated that Letang underwent standard concussion protocol Tuesday, but the coach was also quick to point out that there has been no confirmation of a concussion. Fantasy owners will have to wait until late Wednesday morning before gleaning further information on the star blueliner.

Kris Letang D PIT 10 Days

Letang left Tuesday's game with an undisclosed injury after being boarded by the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo.

Letang is riding a four-game point streak with one goal and six assists. Pittsburgh plays just one time in the next six days, thanks to the All-Star break, and fantasy owners might just dodge a bullet. The Penguins will likely update Letang's status after Tuesday's game or following Wednesday's game-day skate.

Kris Letang D PIT 11 Days

Letang added two more assists to his ledger in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Rangers.

Letang went an ugly minus-3 in the blowout loss, but fantasy owners will happily dismiss that due to the blueliner's scoring production of late. He's provided multiple points in three consecutive games and has garnered at least one power-play point in four straight contests.

Kris Letang D PIT 13 Days

Letang gathered two assists in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Islanders.

Letang has picked up points in three straight games, with the latter two being multi-point performances. He ranks third among qualifying defenseman in points per game (0.79) this season.

Kris Letang D PIT 16 Days

Letang notched a goal, a power-play assist and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 7-2 shellacking of the Wild.

Yeah, your team putting up seven goals makes that plus-minus easier to come by. Letang continues to post some of the best numbers on the blue line, with the biggest key being relatively strong health so far in this campaign.

Kris Letang D PIT 21 Days

Letang (undisclosed) was back at practice Friday.

The Penguins characterized Letang's absence from Thursday's practice as a maintenance day, but his return to activity suggests he's not in danger of missing Saturday's game against the Canadiens.

Kris Letang D PIT 22 Days

Letang missed practice Thursday due to an undisclosed injury, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Letang appeared to be hurting after blocking a few shots Wednesday night, so the Penguins will rest him for practice with the hope that it offer the blueliner enough recovery time in advance of Saturday's game in Montreal. The 28-year-old has ranked among the top fantasy defensemen this season, tallying eight goals, 17 assists and a plus-4 rating over 35 games.

Kris Letang D PIT 28 Days

Letang picked up a pair of assists -- including one on the power play -- in Pittsburgh's 6-3 victory Friday against the Lightning.

The points could jumpstart Letang, who had totaled just two points in eight games prior to Friday. The defender played 28:10 TOI, nearly five minutes more than Christian Ehrhoff (23:34), the second-highest minute absorber Friday. Letang now has 25 points (8G, 17A) in 33 contests, including 11 power-play assists -- fifth-best among defensemen.