Here's a look at 3 takeaways from the Penguins' Monday afternoon practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
The Pens held their annual team Halloween party on their day off Sunday. A lot of the players agreed that Jake Guentzel had the best costume, as he came dressed as Happy Gilmore's teenaged caddy.
"I thought it was unbelievable," Matt Murray said. "The resemblance was spot on."
Ian Cole said that throughout the night, Brian Dumoulin would go up behind Guentzel and pretend to choke him like the scene from the movie.
"Every time he walked by," Cole laughed. "It was so funny. I was dying."
The guys were really creative, as Cole ended up dressing as Yukon Cornelius from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. His wife Jordan was going to go as Gold, since Yukon Cornelius is a prospector, but changed her costume once Cole got a few teeth knocked out after taking a shot to the mouth earlier in the month.
"She ended up being Hermey the elf, who doesn't want to be an elf, he wants to be a dentist," Cole said. "Which she said obviously plays well with your dental situation. I was like, thanks."
Another couples' costume was Murray as Joe DiMaggio and his girlfriend as Marilyn Monroe.
"I was just wearing the full Yankees uniform, and I found this old school glove online," Murray said. "Really old school, like from the '40s."
Finally, Ryan Reaves said he appreciated Justin Schultz's costume because he came dressed as Jack Skellington, a character from The Nightmare Before Christmas that the forward has inked on his forearm.
2. Sheahan's first practice
Center Riley Sheahan, who was acquired in a trade on Saturday, participated in his first team practice with the Pens and worked between Carl Hagelin and Patric Hornqvist during line rushes.
"It was a lot of fun," he said. "I'm really excited. I have some friends here that I played with at Notre Dame (Bryan Rust and Ian Cole). It's nice to know some guys coming in and the other guys seemed awesome, too. I'm really excited."
Sheahan arrived in town on Sunday night and attended the team's annual Halloween party (see above). It was a good opportunity to get to know his new teammates.
"I got to hang out last night with a lot of the guys and break the ice a bit," Sheahan said. "It was nice to get to know them. Everybody seems awesome."
Sheahan is a strong defensive center and typically draws matchups against the opposing team's best line. It's a role he could find himself in with the Penguins, as well as helping out on the penalty kill.
"I have PK'ed in the past, but not this year, a little bit last year," Sheahan said. "It's something I'm comfortable with and enjoy doing. If I get the chance I'll try to make the most of it."
3. Practice notes
*Center Carter Rowney (hand) and defenseman Matt Hunwick (concussion) were absent from practice.
Hunwick skating on his own prior to team practice and is "making progress," per head coach Mike Sullivan. There was no update on Rowney.
*The Pens used the following workflow…