GAME DAY REPORT --Sam Kasan
PENSTV SOUNDSidney Crosby Ben Lovejoy --Sam Kasan
THEY SAID IT--Michelle Crechiolo
OPTIONAL SKATE PHOTOS
Gathered around assistant coach Agnew at center ice
Five of Perron's seven career goals against the Stars have come in this building
Perfect form by Letang
Letang looking ready for a long night ahead of shutting down Dallas' top line of Seguin, Spezza and Benn
Bennett working on the net-front presence with Fleury and goalie coach Mike Bales
Greiss getting the blocker up on Crosby
Comeau getting mentally and physically loose during morning skate--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan
MORNING SKATE INFO
The Pens are holding an optional game-day skate this morning at American Airlines Center. 14 players on the ice. Participating are forwards Crosby, Bennett, Perron, Comeau, Winnik, Spaling, Downie, Ebbett, Adams, Lapierre; defensemen Ehrhoff and Lovejoy; and both goalies.--Michelle Crechiolo
3-ON-3 OT? PENS APPROVEThe NHL is proposing an idea that is currently being employed by the American Hockey League. Overtime is extended to seven minutes. The first four-plus is the typical 4-on-4. Then after the next whistle the teams switch to 3-on-3. If the score is still tied after seven minutes then a shootout commences.
“I think it will help,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “They did it in the American League and seem to be getting good results with it. It seems like more games are decided in overtime. I’d rather see games end in overtime rather than go to a shootout.”
Crosby’s belief is the same as the league's. The NHL wants to have more games end in overtime rather than reach the shootout. One reason is that they want shootouts to be more rare, and thus more special. Another reason is so that the standings don’t become too askew from teams loading up on the extra shootout point.
“Teams are getting a lot of points now with the shootout," David Perron said. "It’s fun for the fans, but at the same time it’s 10, 12, 15 points you get in the year just from shootouts. I don’t think that’s part of the team sport that we play in. The 3-on-3 is more of a normal situation, though even that is stretching.”Full story here
DIGITAL PREVIEW--Sam Kasan
SCOUTING THE STARS --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. Tonight the Pens will take on the Dallas Stars in the great state of Texas. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the action...
- The Penguins visit the Dallas Stars (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio 105.9 The X) at American Airlines Center.
- The Penguins are looking to end a three-game losing streak.
- A victory tonight would give the Penguins 40 wins for the eighth consecutive season (excludes the shortened campaign).
- Pittsburgh hasn’t lost back-to-back road regulation games since Dec. 23-29 during a stretch when the team was ravaged by the mumps and injury.
- The Penguins are 8-3 in their last 11 games versus Dallas.
Stick tap: Pens PR--Sam Kasan