AROUND THE RINK (AIR CANADA CENTRE EDITION):
Locker room scoop:
Dan BylsmaOn if Fedotenko or Gonchar will play against the Maple Leafs
Everything is game-time right now.On playing an up and down team like Toronto
They are a team that's capable of skating and putting a lot of pressure and throwing a lot of pucks at the net. They've done that at different times throughout the year. You have to be ready for that kind of game against them. They have speed in front. They get to the offensive zone quickly and they buzz around there. I think we have to be ready and not think about their record or if they're up or they're down. We have to be ready to play against that kind of team and then be ready to get to our game and not allow them to use that speed. On using the road trip to boost the team like last season's 5-0 trip in Feb-March
Our approach in this five games is to focus where we're at, how we want to play, our mindset going in. Sometimes you talk about a road mindset. Right now we need to do the right things, play a simple game, play our game, execute to get to the offensive zone, not trying to hit a home run or trying to resurrect our slide or our scoring over the nine games or so with one play. We need to execute, do the right things, get to the offensive zone, wear teams down, play to our strengths, our speed, getting there, playing there and playing 60 minutes that way. We need to focus on that and road trips can do that for you.On the strides taken by Letang and Goligoski
They've played well past their baby steps and in the NHL. Both are great skaters, both can execute, both have a great ability to pass the puck. We need to stay patient for our team, playing the right way, power play, neutral zone transition, not trying to do it all themselves because they have that skating ability, playing within our structure, getting to the offensive zone. That's the key for those guys. Their skill and talent and skating is outstanding. They can use it to defend, gap and get up ice. But they need to make sure that they add their execution to what the team's trying to do.Sidney CrosbyOn the power play
I think our power play has been much better the last 10 games or so. We generate a lot of chances and get it in the zone most of the time. It's a matter of putting the puck in. We're pretty happy with it. Sooner or later it will go in for us.On the Maple Leafs
The way things have been lately, it hasn't been easy for us. We've played some pretty good games but haven't gotten wins. We have to stick with things. There were a couple games where we didn't give ourselves much of a chance. The (Dec. 27) Leafs' game being one of them. We didn't play a good game and we'll look to bounce back here and steal one.On using the road trip to boost the team like last season's 5-0 trip in Feb-March
We have to look at this one but that was a big trip for us and a turning point in the season. We didn't know at the time though. We just wanted to have a good road trip. We have to look at this road trip the same way. It doesn't mean we have to win all five but we have to play some good hockey. I think the last game, we played a pretty good game. We made some big mistakes that hurt us but we did a lot of good things. We just have to build off that and eventually we'll start getting some wins.
Here are some photos from the Penguins morning skate, including shots of Sergei Gonchar and Ruslan Fedotenko, who each took part and are game-time decisions tonight against the Leafs:
The Maple Leafs open their morning skates to the public. With it being a Saturday and the popular Penguins in town, four complete sections were filled with fans.
Head coach Dan Bylsma just got finished addressing the media at the Air Canada Centre and he said tonight's lineup will be a game-time decision. Both Sergei Gonchar and Ruslan Fedotenko said they feel good enough to play but ultimately the decision falls to the coaching staff.
The Penguins are now on the ice for their morning skate with a full complement of skaters and their normal line combinations. Check back in a little bit as we await word from head coach Dan Bylsma on the availability of defenseman Sergei Gonchar (lower body) and forward Ruslan Fedotenko (undisclosed). Gonchar has missed four consecutive games while Fedotenko sat out against Philadelphia on Thursday.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have hit the ice for an optional morning skate at the Air Canada Centre. Only goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, who is currently on injured reserve, are participating. Toronto fell behind the Buffalo Sabres, 3-0, last night at RSBC Arena and suffered a 3-2 loss, their seventh loss in their past nine games.