Penguins

Blue line badly in need of Letang as Predators roll

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Viktor Arvidsson scores the first of his two goals against Marc-Andre Fleury. — GETTY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Penguins' 5-1 loss at Bridgestone Arena wasn't even complete for five minutes when their six defensemen sat in the locker room, side by side, dejected as could possibly be.

Kris Letang, of course, wasn't among them. And it's never been more obvious.

Playing without the injured Sidney Crosby is something the Penguins have managed well enough over the years. It appears that playing without Letang, at least for these Penguins, could be a difficult task.

Sure, it was only one game. But the Penguins' blue line looked brutal throughout.

"We need to be better," Trevor Daley said. "A lot better."

Mike Sullivan summarized it all quite bluntly.