Penguins Notebook: Letang, Talbot have chance to play 82 games
ATLANTA -- The total won't be official until coach Dan Bylsma turns in the Penguins' lineup for their regular-season finale against Atlanta today at Philips Arena, but it looks as if the Penguins will lose 350 man-games to injuries and illness in 2010-11.
That is nearly double their total from last season (185) and included players from every part of the depth chart.
In fact, only two Penguins -- center Max Talbot and defenseman Kris Letang -- have a chance to dress for all 82 regular-season games. And both are well aware of it.
"It's something that was a goal for me, to play 82 games," said Letang, who missed just one game in 2009-10. "In the previous seasons, I always had a little injury that kept me playing 75, 76. So, it's good."
Talbot entered the season with a games-played goal of his own, but it wasn't 82. He had something a bit more modest in mind.
"My goal was actually 75," he said. "I write down goals before the season -- personal goals that I don't love to discuss -- but with last season and being a little bit hurt, it was an objective. To be strong out there and be able to play every game."
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