Penguins place Letang on IR, Malkin likely out against Leafs

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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has been placed on injured reserve and will be out of the lineup until after Christmas, coach Dan Bylsma said tonight.

Letang was a late scratch Saturday at Detroit and has an undisclosed injury.

In addition, center Evgeni Malkin did not participate in today's morning skate and is not expected to play tonight when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Consol Energy Center. He left Saturday's game at Detroit after slamming into the end boards. Bylsma described him as "day to day."

The Penguins recalled defenseman Philip Samuelsson and forward Harry Zolnierczyk from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Both are expected to play tonight.

Samuelsson, 22, son of former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, will be making his NHL debut. A second-round draft pick in 2009, Samuelsson has six assists in 26 games for Wilkes-Barre.

Zolnierczyk, 26, played in three games with the Penguins earlier this season. He has 10 goals, 14 points in 21 games with Wilkes-Barre.

Defenseman Rob Scuderi, who is coming back from a broken ankle, and winger Tanner Glass, who is recovering from a broken hand, joined the game-day skate. Bylsma said Scuderi is expected back after Christmas, while Glass is three to five days away from being able to play.

Shelly Anderson: or 412-263-1721. Twitter: @pgshelly. First Published December 16, 2013 9:39 AM

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