Pittsburgh learned it would be without star defenseman Kris Letang until next season because of a herniated disc in his neck.

After winning it all last June, the team had a short summer to recover physically. Then six of its best players — Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Murray, Patric Hornqvist, Carl Hagelin, and Olli Maatta — ramped things up early, and missed most of training camp, by participating in the World Cup of Hockey. The 82-game […]