Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
might end up saying something to motivate his team in the dressing room prior to Game 4 against the Flyers, but he's not so sure he has to.
Pittsburgh is in a 0-3 hole with the possibility of being swept Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center.
"I don't think there is really anything that needs to be said," Crosby said after what will be the Penguins last morning skate of the season if they don't stave off elimination. "We've had a couple of days to digest everything. We've talked as a group about what we need to do better and where our game is, that kind of thing. Now we have to go out and play."
They'll be playing without three forwards. James Neal
, Arron Asham
and Craig Adams
were all suspended late Tuesday by the NHL's Department of Player Safety.
Neal is clearly the biggest loss. He is tied with Crosby for the team lead with five points in the series and he is coming off a regular season in which he scored 40 goals and had 81 points.
"He's a big part of our offense, but we have a lot of depth," Crosby said. "That's something we prided ourselves on all year and we're more than capable."
, Joe Vitale
and Eric Tangradi
could all draw into the lineup for the suspended players. Between them they have a combined three games of playoff experience, with Vitale getting two in this series and Tangradi playing in a game last postseason against Tampa Bay.
"I don't think you really need to tell them anything," Crosby said. "They've watched the games and know what to expect. They've been involved in all the meetings and everything we've discussed. Whoever is coming in, their role doesn't change. They have to do it to the best of their abilities. That's really the same situation everyone else is in."
The situation looks grim, but Crosby said he has faith that his team will find a way out of the 0-3 hole.
"We know we're capable of it," he said. "Whether it's a good or bad thing, we haven't put a full game together yet. Knowing that should give us confidence that we're quite capable of winning a hockey game and playing the right way. Our focus is more on just playing the right way and we like the chances that we'll get the right result."
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