Short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins lose defenseman Kris Letang to COVID-19 protocol

After Kris Letang was placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol, the Pittsburgh Penguins will not face Kris Letang on Saturday against Toronto Maple Leafs
After the morning skate, Coach Mike Sullivan made Letang's status known.

Letang is the latest Penguins player to be ruled out in the first stages of the season. This follows Sidney Crosby (wrist), and Evgeni Molkin (knee) both currently recovering from offseason injuries.

The Penguins have a strong start without Crosby or Malkin. They are currently at 2-0-2 as they head into Saturday's visit from Toronto.

Crosby, Malkin and other Penguins players are not the only ones injured. Forward Bryan Rust has been "week to week," recovering from a lower-body injury. After testing positive for COVID-19, veteran center Jeff Carter will not be able to play for Crosby in the Maple Leafs' visit on Saturday.

Sullivan stated Friday that Carter is symptomatic, but will not be available against Toronto. Good news for the team came Friday, when it was revealed that Tristan Jarry, top goaltender, had a false positive COVID test on Thursday. This allowed him to return to practice.

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