Penguins' Kris Letang to miss 4-6 months after neck surgery

The Penguins defenseman last played Feb. 21 and later underwent surgery in April to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

Pittsburgh's injuries keep piling up.

PenguinsdefensemanKris Letangwill miss the rest of the regular season and theplayoffs because ofa herniated discin his neck, the team announced Wednesday.

Letang is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the injury and is expected to need four to six months to recover.

"Kris underwent an MRI in February that revealed a herniated discin his neck," general manager Jim Rutherford said, via the team's website. "Our neurosurgeons examined him and recommended conservative treatment in an attempt to correct the condition without surgery.

"Kris had been making progress and was hopeful of returning for the playoffs until about a week ago, when the progress plateaued. He underwent another MRI, and, at that point it was determined that surgery was needed."

Letang, who hasn't played since Feb.21, has five goals and 29 assists for 34 points in 41 games this season.

The Penguins are on a three-game winning streak andsit five points behind the rival Capitals in the second spot in the Metropolitan Division.

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