Justin Schultz expected to play Game 4 in Kris Letang's absence

Charles LeClaire / USA TODAY Sports

Justin Schultz is being called upon to play for, but not replace, Kris Letang.

Letang will sit Game 4 against the Washington Capitals after being suspended one game, and while tabbing Schultz to fill a hole in the lineup, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan expects a team effort in the absence of one of their best players.

"I don't think anybody's going to try to become Kris Letang because we don't have him tonight," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told reporters after the morning skate. "We're just going to be ourselves. We're going to play our game. We're going to try to play to our strengths and we'll see where it goes."

Schultz hasn't played since Game 1 of the first round (three weeks ago), and will look to keep things simple.

"I'm not going to replace him by no means," Schultz said of Letang. "I haven't played for a while so just try to move my feet, jump up when I can, and have fun."

Schultz was paired with Ian Cole in practice. He recorded a goal and seven assists in 18 regular season games with the Penguins.

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