Kris Letang says pause could close gaps for Penguins, NHL

Kris Letang said he doesn't know what to expect if the NHL regular season resumes. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman has been unable to skate since the season was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. With other players in a similar situation, Letang said it could lead to an equaling effect across the NHL. 

"I think everybody is going to be on the same level," Letang said Tuesday. "It's going to be hard, but at least you won't see differences between teams because everybody's in the same boat." 

But that might not be a positive for every team, Letang said. 

"The further it drags, obviously, it's tough for teams that were playing so well, had so much momentum or would be in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs to kind of keep going because you had such a long break," Letang said. 

The Penguins (40-23-6) lost six straight games in regulation from Feb. 20-29 but won three of their five games in March. They are third in the Metropolitan Division, four points behind the Washington Capitals and three behind the Philadelphia Flyers. 

On March 31, Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said he thought the Penguins showed signs of returning to form in a 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils on March 10. Two days later, the Penguins were preparing to play the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena when the NHL paused the season.

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