The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired some excellent news Monday as Kris Letang has exited the COVID protocol and can rejoin the membership on Wednesday. It’s not all roses, although, as each Chad Ruhwedel and Marcus Pettersson have confirmed optimistic instances and have now entered the protocol. While Ruhwedel is asymptomatic, Pettersson is experiencing signs that means he’ll miss no less than 10 days.
It’s not clear when Letang will soar again into the Penguins’ lineup, however the truth that he’s out of the protocol and able to return to follow is a welcome one for Pittsburgh. The workforce was doing effectively to maintain themselves above water by the early a part of the season, however after consecutive losses, issues have been beginning to pattern down. With Sidney Crosby returning over the weekend and now Letang on observe to hitch him quickly, the workforce will look much more like they anticipated earlier than lengthy.
Still, shedding two others actually hurts, and head coach Mike Sullivan had the road blender out at follow Monday to cope with it. Juuso Riikola, who cleared waivers a couple of weeks in the past, was quarterbacking the primary energy play unit (doubtless with the plan of Letang taking his spot quickly sufficient) whereas Kasperi Kapanen was skating on the second unit and fourth line. Despite having eight factors within the standings, the Penguins are in final place within the powerful Metropolitan Division and might’t afford to fall a lot additional behind if they’ve their eyes on a playoff spot.