Letang picked up a pair of helpers in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win against St. Louis. The blueliner, who now has nine assists in his last 10 games, produced in multiple categories against the Blues. He registered four shots on goals, dished out three hits and blocked four shots. Letang is playing his best hockey of the season right now and figures to remain hot with Pittsburgh's offense awakening.
Letang left Saturday's game after taking a third-period puck of his face but returned before game's end. He finished with a minus-2 rating against the Sharks but took a team-high six shots on goal (along with Phil Kessel). Despite missing some time in the final minutes Letang led Pittsburgh with 25 minutes and 54 seconds of ice time.
Letang, who missed practice Friday with a maintenance day, will pair with Rob Scuderi on Saturday against the Sharks. Coach Mike Johnston gave the workhorse Friday off, something he tries to do with his regulars occasionally. Letang has been heating up lately -- he's got seven assists in his last eight games (including four on the power play).
Letang tallied two assists, including one on the man advantage, Tuesday against the Wild. The blueliner is finding his game but would be hurt more than any other Penguins player if Olli Maatta, his defensive partner, is forced to miss time after leaving Tuesday with an injury. Letang, who now has a goal and 10 points in 18 contests, was named the game's No. 2 star for his efforts.
Letang picked up an assist and registered five shots on goal Friday against the Blue Jackets. The Pens recently suggested that they'll reduce Letang's playing time in an effort to keep him fresh but his ice time Friday (27:56) belies that statement. Letang primarily skated with Olli Maatta for the second straight game instead of Ian Cole. The defender is on record as saying he's comfortable with Maatta, making it possible he continues his recent string of offense -- Letang has tallied assists in four of five games.
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