Kris Letang D PIT 17 Days

Coach Mike Johnston said after Friday's morning skate that he expected Letang (groin) to play later in the evening against the Flames, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Penguins will still have to formally activate Letang from injured reserve before game time, but that should happen at some point in the afternoon. The blueliner was a full participant in both Thursday's practice and Friday's optional session, clearing the way for him to reenter the lineup after a five-game break.

Kris Letang D PIT 18 Days

Letang (groin) is expected to return to action Friday against the Flames, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Letang took full contact at Thursday's practice and is being labeled as a game-time decision, but seems to be trending toward active status for Friday. His availability will ultimately hinge on the decision of the coaching and medical staff, though it seems likely that his participation in Friday's morning skate without any limitations will be enough to give him the green light to play. Letang has missed the last five games with the groin injury.

Kris Letang D PIT 20 Days

Letang (groin) went through a full practice Tuesday, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Letang, who has been out since Nov. 28 with the injury, is targeting a return to the Penguins' lineup Friday against the Flames. He'll still need to practice Thursday without any complications before the Penguins activate him from IR, but it seems like the blueliner isn't in line for an especially long absence. He's been outstanding this season when healthy, contributing four goals and 14 assists over 22 games.

Kris Letang D PIT 21 Days

Letang (groin) will not play in Monday's game against the Rangers, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Letang participated in the Penguins' game-day skate but will not play in the game on Monday. Head coach Mark Johnston said he expects Letand to be more involved in practice on Tuesday but to be held out of contact drills. Letang has scored four goals and 14 assists in 22 games this season before getting hurt on Nov. 28.

Kris Letang D PIT 21 Days

Letang (groin) participated in Monday's morning skate.

There's no word yet on whether or not Letang will be in the lineup Monday against the Rangers, so consider him a game time decision unless we hear more. The blueliner hasn't played since Nov. 28, and racked up four goals and 14 assists in 22 games before getting hurt.

Kris Letang D PIT 23 Days

Letang (groin) took part in Saturday's morning skate.

Coach Mike Johnston said Thursday that he expected Letang to miss about two weeks with the groin issue. The 27-year-old Letang has already missed a week of action, and while it sounds like he has a chance to beat Johnston's initial estimate, the team will wait and see how he feels Sunday morning before thinking about easing him back into the lineup.

Kris Letang D PIT 25 Days

Pens coach Mike Johnston said Thursday that he expects Letang (groin) to miss about two weeks.

Letang was injured Nov. 29 against the Hurricanes, putting a possible return sometime around Dec. 15, when the Pens host Tampa Bay. "They expect it (groin injury) to settle down over the first 7-10 days, and then it will be wait-and-see after that," coach Johnston said. "In my mind I'm looking at probably about two weeks." A combination of Ollie Maatta, Christian Ehrhoff and perhaps Paul Martin is expected to help offset Pittsburgh's loss of Letang on the top power-play unit.

Kris Letang D PIT 26 Days

Letang's lower-body injury has been identified as a groin issue, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Letang was placed on IR prior to Tuesday's game, but the team still hasn't elaborated on the extent of the injury, other than labeling it has "minor" last week. However, since Letang hasn't resumed practicing with the team yet, it doesn't look promising that he'll return from IR when eligible Thursday versus the Canucks.

Kris Letang D PIT 27 Days

Letang (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The move doesn't suggest a setback in Letang's timetable; it's strictly a procedural move for the Penguins to call up winger Scott Wilson, who will take the blueliner's place on the active roster. Letang will miss his second and third straight games Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, but would be eligible to return Saturday versus the Senators if healthy.

Kris Letang D PIT 28 Days

Letang (lower body) is expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Devils, Shelly Anderson reports.

Letang was off to a hot start with four goals and 14 assists in 22 games before getting hurt, but sat out Saturday's game with the injury. Keep an eye out for an update from the team when an official timetable for his return is known.