The Penguins will be without top defenseman Kris Letang until Saturday night because he was suspended for two games today by the NHL.

Letang, the team leader in points (seven), average ice-time (26:01) and plus/minus (plus-3), was suspended today after a hearing with new league discipline czar Brendan Shanahan for an illegal hit on Winnipeg`s Alexander Burmistrov on Monday night.

Letang was assessed a minor penalty for boarding at 13:08 of the third period at Winnipeg after hitting Burmistrov from behind near the boards.

"The video shows that after Letang`s shot is blocked, both players pursue the loose puck," Shanahan said in a video statement on "Letang recognizes that Burmistrov will get to the puck first and Letang gets into an athletic defensive position. At this point this is no longer a puck that is up for grabs and Letang is going to play the man.