Letang, Michalek will miss game

| Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011

-- The only news regarding injured Penguins defensemen Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek is that they won't play tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. Coach Dan Bylsma on Friday offered few other details regarding those players, who are dealing with head injuries. "Both Letang and Michalek are seeing doctors today and will not be joining us on the trip," he said. Neither player has been diagnosed with a concussion, but that hasn't been ruled out, either. "They'll be visiting the doctors," Bylsma said. "We'll maybe have a little more information (today)." Letang and Michalek were injured after taking hits last Saturday in Montreal.

-- Bylsma gave the Penguins the option to take a break yesterday, and most of them accepted his offer. Only six players -- goalie Brent Johnson, centers Richard Park and Joe Vitale, left wing Steve MacIntyre and defensemen Simon Despres and Robert Bortuzzo -- participated in the optional workout.

-- Bylsma skated with the six players and all three members of his coaching staff during the workout. The coach scored a goal before crashing into the boards at the end of the workout, but he wasn't hurt. "That was just my goal celebration," he said with a smile.

-- New Carolina coach Kirk Muller led his team through a lengthy practice, delaying the Penguins' workout by about 30 minutes.

Additional Information:

Penguins game day


7 p.m. today, RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.

TV/radio: Root Sports/WXDX-FM (105.9), Penguins Radio Network

Season series: Carolina won the teams' first meeting, 5-3, on Nov. 12 in Raleigh.

Notable: For the second straight game, the Penguins face a team with a new coach. After defeating Dale Hunter-led Washington on Thursday, they'll meet the Hurricanes and Kirk Muller, who is 0-2 since replacing Paul Maurice on Monday.

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