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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Carolina

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins


Coach Bylsma

Marc-Andre Fleury

Paul Martin

James Neal

Sidney Crosby

Jordan Staal

--Michelle Crechiolo


Jordan Staal is back!

Brother Eric

Brother Jared

Another one of Staalsy

Another one of Jared. He's wearing No. 13 (Jordan wears No. 11 and Eric wears No. 12)

Staal overload!!! All three in one photo!!!

Staalsy now wears a visor after seeing fourth brother Marc get struck in the eye with a puck

--Michelle Crechiolo and Drew Hancherick

Quotes from the locker room...


--Michelle Crechiolo and Wes Crosby

Coach Dan Bylsma provided a few updates this morning...

  • Brooks Orpik remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Joe Vitale (lower body) skated this morning with Sidney Crosby and is day-to-day as well.
  • Crosby practiced both this morning and at the optional morning skate.
  • Marc-Andre Fleury, the new father, will be in goal tonight. He and wife Veronique welcomed their first child, daughter Estelle, on Friday afternoon.

--Michelle Crechiolo

Last batch of morning skate photos before the playoffs...

Pens stretching

Fleury on the ice for morning skate

James Neal will play tonight

Here he is with Sid

No. 87

Paul Martin is also back in the lineup tonight

Beau Bennett

I have no idea what Kris Letang is doing here

Niskanen has been so solid through all the injuries to defensemen

Jokinen is playing his former team for the second time since being traded to Pittsburgh

Players gather around coach Bylsma

--Michelle Crechiolo and Drew Hancherick

The Penguins held an optional morning skate. 19 players took part.

Those that participated were: Craig Adams, Beau Bennett, Matt Cooke, Sidney Crosby, Tanner Glass, Dustin Jeffrey, Jussi Jokinen, Tyler Kennedy, Steve MacIntyre, James Neal, Robert Bortuzzo, Simon Despres, Mark Eaton, Deryk Engelland, Kris Letang, Paul Martin, Matt Niskanen, Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun. (Courtesy of Wes Crosby).

--Sam Kasan


Though Pittsburgh has played Carolina twice already, Saturday’s finale will be Jordan Staal’s first game back in Pittsburgh since being traded to the Hurricanes last summer. Staal didn’t have the season he wanted in Carolina, especially coming off a career year with Pittsburgh last year. He’s scored 10 goals (including his first in 12 games on Tuesday in a shootout win over the Islanders), but overall his production has been inconsistent while his minus-17 rating is one of the team’s worst. However, he does come into Saturday with eight points in his last 10 games and he’ll likely be pumped to play in front of his former home crowd.

There may be another J. Staal in the lineup Saturday, as the Hurricanes called up youngest Staal brother Jared from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate to join Jordan and Eric. Jared made his NHL debut on Thursday against the Rangers (the fourth and final Staal brother Marc’s team), skating on a line with Jordan and Tuomo Ruutu. Eric, Jordan and Jared became the 10th trio of brothers in North America’s four major pro sports leagues – and fourth in the NHL – to play for the same team in the same season, according to STATS LLC.

Full details here.

--Sam Kasan

Good morning Pens fans! Tonight is the season finale for the Pens as they wrap up the 2012-13 season. They've already locked up the Atlantic Division and the No. 1 seed in the East. Now they are waiting to see who their opponent will be. But first, they'll conclude the regular season against Jordan Staal (his return to Pittsburgh) and the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Pens will get a boost to their lineup with the return of Paul Martin (hand) and James Neal (concussion).

Following the game, the Pens will give their jerseys away to fans - the annual "Shirts Off Our Backs." More details here.


We'll start the day with the last Ultimate Highlight video, set to Knife Party's "Bonfire." Enjoy.

--Sam Kasan

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