GAME DAY REPORT --Sam Kasan
PENSTV SOUNDMatt Niskanen Zach Parise --Sam Kasan
QUOTE 'EM--Sam Kasan
Head coach Dan Bylsma had a few updates regarding his team...
- Joe Vitale has returned to Pittsburgh for further evaluation of his mid-body injury
- Jussi Jokinen is out tonight with an upper-body injury. The injury isn't expected to be long term
- Andrew Ebbett will be in the lineup
- Jeff Zatkoff is starting in goal
Paul Martin returns to his hometown
And works on his shot form
Sidney Crosby vs. Marc-Andre Fleury. Who you got?
Tony Granato goes over a drill at practice
Jussi Jokinen works on his stare
Crosby bites his lip with intensity
Kris Letang continues to skate with the team
Rob Scuderi with the windup and...
MORNING SKATE INFO
For the second-straight morning skate the Pens did not do line rushes. However, recently recalled Andrew Ebbett worked the point on the second power-play unit. Looks like he may be in the lineup tonight. --Sam Kasan
WILD PICS & QUOTES
Captain America - Parise
Rupp creeping in the background
The Cooke grin
PENS-WILD PREVIEW--Sam Kasan
WILD SCOUTING REPORT --Sam Kasan
START THE DAY
Good morning hockey fans! The Pens are in Minnesota to take on the Wild. Here are some game notes to get you ready for all the action.
- The Penguins visit the Minnesota Wild (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at Xcel Energy Center.
- Pittsburgh is 4-1-1 in its last six road games.
- The Penguins have won back-to-back games against the Minnesota Wild for the first time in the history of the series between the teams.
- This is Pittsburgh’s first visit to Minnesota since Oct. 18, 2011 when the Penguins earned a 4-2 victory.
- The Penguins notched their only other victory in Minnesota on Oct. 30, 2007 (4-2). Sidney Crosby factored into all four Pittsburgh goals that night (1G-3A).
- Tonight is the front end of the Penguins’ 15th set of back-to-back games. Thus far they have a cumulative record of 18-9-1; including 9-4-1 the first night; and 9-5 in the second game.
Stick tap: Pens PR
Anyone who knows me, or has followed this blog for the past several years, can tell you that my favorite band of all time hands down is Nirvana. And today is the 20th anniversary of the death of lead singer/song writer Kurt Cobain. I could go on and on about why I love them and how influential they were on me in my youth. However, I don't want to bore you. Instead I will just open the day with one of their songs and let the music live on. Here is Nirvana with my favorite song of theirs, "Drain You."
Enjoy. --Sam Kasan