Penguins’ Kris Letang to miss game vs. Kings with lower-body injury

Kris Letang appears to hurt his leg after colliding with the Boston Bruins Joakim Nordstrom, Letang did not return to the game.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Kris Letang will miss Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings with a lower-body injury.

Letang was injured late in Friday’s game against the Boston Bruins. While holding the blue line in the offensive zone, Letang faked a shot before firing a pass to a teammate. Bruins forward Joakim Nordstrom, in an attempt to block Letang’s fake shot, slid into the Penguins’ defender and took him out at the knees.

Letang left the game, but on Saturday, head coach Mike Sullivan said he is only day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Sullivan said Saturday. “We’ll take each day as it comes and we believe we have capable people that we can put in the lineup. We have enough to win.”

Sullivan didn’t say who would replace Letang on the blue line against the Kings. Matt Murray, who hasn’t played since Nov. 17 because of a lower-body injury, will be the Penguins’ starting goalie.

In 30 games this season, Letang has seven goals and 25 points.

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