GAME DAY REPORT --Sam Kasan
PENSTV INTERVIEWSSidney Crosby Marc-Andre Fleury Scott Harrington --Michelle Crechiolo
QUOTE 'EM--Michelle Crechiolo
CROSBY COULD RETURN TONIGHT
Captain Sidney Crosby skated with his teammates for the first time since overcoming the mumps at the Penguins’ morning skate on Thursday afternoon.
Crosby will speak with doctors this afternoon to determine whether or not he will play against the Colorado Avalanche this evening at CONSOL Energy Center.
“I’m going to talk to the doctors and see what they think,” Crosby said. “The fact that I’m able to be around the guys and going about daily things is nice.”The full update is here
A few injury updates from Penguins head coach Mike Johnston…
- Captain Sidney Crosby, who has missed the last three games with the mumps, will be a game-time decision.
- Johnston confirmed that goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will be in net tonight against Colorado. Fleury missed yesterday’s practice due to illness, but tested negative for the mumps and subsequently cleared to play.
- Defenseman Scott Harrington will make his NHL debut this evening against the Avalanche, which means Brian Dumoulin will likely be the one to sit. The Penguins are still awaiting results from tests on defensemen Olli Maatta and Robert Bortuzzo.
- Winger Chris Kunitz, who has missed the last 7 games with a foot fracture and returned to team practice yesterday, will not play tonight. “Tomorrow will be the big test for Kunitz because he’ll get a full practice in, he’ll do all the compete and battle drills, which he didn’t do yesterday in practice,” Johnston said. “So that’ll be a good sign for him. This will be his third day of hard skating, but no real, full contact.”
Mike Johnston, a.k.a. The Boss
Sutter takes center stage as his companions fade into the background...
Harrington with the exposed forearms
Mumps can't keep that smile off Crosby's face
Fleury is mump-free, but not Downie-free
Crosby with a serious look
Crosby with a happy look
Fleury going with an accent wall for the glove hand
Behind that smile lurks a Russian scoring assassin
Can you guess which of these three goalies is Mike Bales? Hint: He's wearing skate.
Crosby getting all fancy with the puck--Michelle Crechiolo & Sam Kasan
MORNING SKATE INFO
Injured players Sidney Crosby (mumps) and Chris Kunitz (foot) were at the team's morning skate. Crosby took part in line rushes with Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist. Marc-Andre Fleury, who was tested yesterday for mumps, passed and was on the ice. But backup Thomas Greiss was missing as he is now being tested. Callup Jeff Zatkoff took his place.
The team used the following workload...
DIGITAL PREVIEW--Sam Kasan
SCOUTING THE AVS --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. Tonight the Pens host the Colorado Avalanche in a Western Conference showdown. There is a question surrounding the Pens goaltending situation. Marc-Andre Fleury was tested yesterday for the mumps. If he is unable to play, the team has recalled Jeff Zatkoff from WBS. We await word from team officials on his results. Also getting tested yesterday were defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Olli Maatta.
- The Penguins host the Colorado Avalanche (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
- The Penguins are 3-0-2 in their last five games.
- Pittsburgh has gotten at least one point in 13 of its last 16 games (10-3-3).
- The Penguins have won five of the last six meetings against the Avalanche, including three of the last four games played here in Pittsburgh.
- Last season the road team was victorious in both games, as Colorado earned a 1-0 win on Oct. 21, 2013 at CONSOL Energy Center behind a 34-save shutout from Jean-Sebastien Giguere; and the Penguins avenged that loss with a 3-2 shootout win at Pepsi Centervon April 6.
- Brandon Sutter scored both of Pittsburgh’s goals on April 6.
- Since 2010, the Penguins have gone 47-18-7 (.701 pct.) in games against the Western Conference. That’s the most such wins and the highest points percentage among all Eastern Conference clubs. During that same time span, the Penguins have gone 25-10-2 against the West in games here at CONSOL Energy Center.
- Tonight the Penguins will wear their ‘Pittsburgh Gold’ third jerseys. The Penguins are 2-1-1 in the sweaters thus far.
Stick tap: Pens PR--Sam Kasan