Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is scheduled to return to the lineup for tonight's home game against the Maple Leafs.
After being struck in he head by Wild center Jarret Stoll during Saturday's 3-1 road win, Letang was held of the lineup for Sunday's 1-0 road loss to the Jets for precautionary reasons when he reported not feeling well.
Stoll's hit drew a minor penalty but escaped supplemental discipline from the NHL.
Tuesday, head coach Mike Sullivan said there was no concern about Letang suffering a concussion as a result of the hit.
At today's morning skate, Letang, who has a history of concussions, skated on a pairing with defenseman Olli Maatta and worked on the team's top power-play unit along with centers Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, right winger Patric Hornqvist and Phil Kessel.
After the morning skate, Letang held court with media and spoke about his health, Stoll's hit and adjusting to Sullivan.
Do you feel healthy enough to play tonight?
“Yeah. I mean, that’s what I told the doctors. “
Did you have any concerns given your history of concussions?
"Yeah. I got dinged pretty hard there. It took me a little of a moment to get back to my senses and I was fine after that.
What symptoms did you experience?
"Headaches. Hard headaches. As soon as I got hit. Then it went away."
Did you have issue with the hit?
"Yeah, I did. But it’s out of my hands. I can’t do anything about it. But I think it was pretty clear on the replay that the only thing he touched was my chin. But it’s in the past already."
What's been different under Sullivan?
"In a lot of areas, I think we’re more structured in the neutral zone. We know everybody knows the same thing. Everybody is going to do the same thing. I think it’s easier to play that way. The talent is just going to take over at one point. Confidence will come."
Note: Sullivan was promoted to head coach Dec. 12
Has it been difficult to get up to speed to how Sullivan wants things done given your injuries?
I’ve been in every meeting we’ve done and I’ve watched all the game. Obviously, it’s not the same as playing but you see and sense what he’s bringing. I had a chance to play in the game in the game Minnesota. You could feel it right away on the bench. It’s a big change and I think it’s going to work."
Note: Letang has missed eight out of the past 11 games due to various ailments.
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