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UPDATE: Wow. So we can only assume he's 100 percent then. As relayed by the Pittsburgh Penguins' official twitter account, Kris Letang will suit up Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"I feel fine. It's good to be back practicing," Letang said Tuesday. "I want to make sure I'm 100 percent."
Frankly, Letang was expected back about a week ago. Sustaining the broken toe March 26, the estimated time off was seven to 10 days. So you get the feeling there's no sense of urgency in throwing Letang back out there. And why should there be? Top of the East with a playoff berth (divisional title, actually) already in the bag, the Penguins are in great shape ahead of the post-season. Don't be surprised if Letang's return is pushed until next week.
***The Pittsburgh Penguins could have Kris Letang back in the lineup for Thursday's tilt with the Tampa Bay Lightning, or against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the Penguins' top defenseman appears near ready to return from a broken toe and groin issues. But he isn't going to rush things either.