Short-handed Pens lose Letang to virus protocol

ESPN The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without Kris Letang against Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night after the defenseman was placed in NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Coach Mike Sullivan announced Letang’s status following the morning skate. Letang is the latest Penguins player to be sidelined in the early stages of the season, a group headlined by stars Sidney Crosby (wrist) and Evgeni Malkin (knee), who are recovering from offseason surgeries.