PENSTV SOUNDDeryk Engelland Sidney Crosby --Sam Kasan
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma did not give an update on Olli Maatta following morning skate, but did speak in hypotheticals when it came to Deryk Engelland.
If Maatta cannot go and with Orpik likely out, Engelland would be the one to slot in. It's been a while since he's played, as his last game action came about a month ago on April 12 vs. Philadelphia. But while it's certainly been a while since he's seen game action, Engelland said his conditioning is not a concern and he would be ready to go.
"Obviously if I’m in, try to get a few quick shifts just to get back into it," he said. "It’s been a while, so just got to keep it simple out there to get back into things."
Bylsma said there's always concern about a player rejoining the lineup after not playing for an extended period of time, but there's perhaps less so at this time of year.
"I have some experience in this regard and I almost worry about it less in the playoffs than in a regular-season game," Bylsma said. "He’s jumping back in to playoff hockey and a higher speed, but you’re also charged up and amped up and ready to step back on the ice if that was the case."
That higher speed and intensity is still fresh in Engelland's mind from last year against Boston. The 32-year-old defenseman skated in three of Pittsburgh's four games against the Bruins in the 2013 Eastern Conference Final, and will draw on that experience if he does get in tonight.
"The last series I played was against Boston, so that’s probably as intense as you’re going to get," he said. "So it’s in my head and I expect the same."
Engelland said if he plays, he'll be looking to give or receive a hit on the first shift. "Either way, it gets you going and gets you into the game," he said. And that physicality is what the coaching staff wants to see from him.
"Deryk brings certain attributes to our defensive core we would definitely want him to bring," Bylsma said. "Physicality, he’s a hard guy to play against. We’ve seen him do it last year in the playoffs in Boston, be that big-bodied guy, hard defending on big players. If he were to get in, that’s what we would want him to be.--Michelle Crechiolo
And a Mother's Day bonus!...--Sam Kasan & Michelle Crechiolo
Will Engelland make his postseason debut tonight?
Fleury warming up the butterfly
Coach Bales checking Fleury's form and angles (backseat driving?)
Crosby with the heel stance
Scuderi and Glass
Conner and Gibbons compare playoff beards
No playoff beard comparison for Malkin (check out that PensTV camerawoman in the white jacket. Less talk, more shooting Meg!).
Martin chases down Sutter in a game of tag
Bortuzzo with a creepy photo bomb on Crosby and Neal
Crosby makes his way to the ring
As does the Ultimate Flower
--Sam Kasan & Michelle Crechiolo
PENS SKATE INFO
The Pens were missing two defensemen at the morning skate in Madison Square Garden, Olli Maatta and Brooks Orpik (undisclosed injury). The team used the following workflow...
(Pyatt, Glass, Conner)
The top PP unit displayed a 4-forward look, possibly due to Maatta's absence. Could revert depending on his status for the game.
PP1: Malkin, Niskanen on points. Neal, Crosby, Kunitz down low.
PP2: Letang, Martin on points. Jokinen, Bennett, Sutter down low.--Sam Kasan
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Nash shows coach Bombay that he's ready to play
Boyle scores from the background
--Sam Kasan & Michelle Crechiolo
PENS-RANGERS INFOGRAPH--Sam Kasan
START THE DAY
Good morning hockey fans! And happy Mother's Day to Janet, Pat and all your mothers out there in the interweb world. Tonight the Pens take on the Rangers at MSG in Game 6 as they try (again) to close out their Second Round series. Here are some game notes to get you started...
- Tonight the Penguins and New York Rangers play Game 6 (TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 105.9 the X) at Madison Square Garden.
- Pittsburgh is 9-2 all time at Madison Square Garden during the playoffs.
-The Penguins are 19-6 all time against the Rangers in the playoffs. A win tonight would allow the Penguins to improve to 5-0 all time in playoff series against New York.
- Pittsburgh is 8-3 all time in the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin era when it has a chance to clinch a series on the road (excludes the 2011 Tampa Bay series when both were hurt).
- The Penguins are 15-14 all time in Game 6s, including an 8-9 mark on the road.
- Pittsburgh has clinched seven of its eight series victories under head coach Dan Bylsma on the road, including a 4-2 series win in the First Round in Columbus that featured a 4-3 win in Game 6 at Nationwide Arena.
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