Kris Letang activated from injured reserve, Simon Despres assigned to AHL

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated defenseman Kris Letang from injured reserve.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated defenseman Kris Letang from injured reserve, according to an announcement by the team on Tuesday afternoon.

Letang has been out of the lineup since sustaining a lower-body injury against the Boston Bruins on March 17. The unspecified injury has forced Letang to miss three games.

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During morning skate, Letang stated that he was a game-time decision for Pittsburgh's game against the Montreal Canadiens and Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review stated on Twitter that Letang appeared as though he was going to play.

While the team has yet to officially announce his status for the contest, his activation from injured reserve improves the odds that he will be playing.

In order to make room for Letang, the team assigned defenseman Simon Despres to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. In 24 games this season, Despres had registered two goals and five assists for seven points.

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