GAME DAY REPORT
Pittsburgh's own Parros with his customary 'stache
Briere is onsides at the morning skate
--Sam Kasan & Addison Smith
Niskanen strap adjustment
Scuderi yells for the puck
Neal lets his strap flow
--Sam Kasan & Addison Smith
MORNING SKATE INFO
The full cavalry at Pens practice. All the healthy players and injured Andrew Ebbett (ankle) took part. The team used the following workflow...
PP1: Malkin, Letang, Crosby, Neal, Kunitz.
PP2: Niskanen, Martin, Pyatt, Jokinen, Sutter.
BEAU & GIBBONS SKATE
Vokoun wasn't the only player to get on the ice in the morning before the Pens morning skate. Forwards Beau Bennett (hand/wrist) and Brian Gibbons (lower-body) worked with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar.
Bennett & Vokoun get a drink
--Sam Kasan & Michelle Crechiolo
Goaltender Tomas Vokoun skated for the first time since having surgery for a blood clot Sept. 21.
Vokoun, 37, was on the ice at CONSOL Energy Center Wednesday morning doing laps and stretching on his own prior to the Penguins morning skate. He worked on lateral movements and rimmed pucks around the glass with goaltending coach Mike Bales. In all, Vokoun was on the ice for roughly 45 minutes.
Full story and photos here.
If you're coming to tonight's game click here for the fan guide. For a scouting report on Montreal, watch Michelle's video below.
Note from Michelle: I talked a lot about Max Pacioretty in my scouting report, as he scored twice against the Pens in their first meeting of the season and leads the Habs with 21 goals. The Connecticut native will be playing for Team USA next month at the Olympics, and Canadiens.com had a funny quote from him talking about his soon-to-be coach Dan Bylsma.
“When I talked to [Team USA and Penguins head coach Dan] Bylsma he mentioned that maybe guys can take it easy on Pittsburgh now that we’re not auditioning for the team,” joked Pacioretty. “I always want to make a good impression with everyone but it’s obviously a little bit more special knowing he’s going to coach me in a couple of weeks. You want to think team-first and come out with a win, but if I can contribute on the scoresheet it’s icing on the cake.”
START THE DAY
Good morning hockey fans! Tonight the Pens will battle the Montreal Canadiens at CONSOL Energy Center. Pittsburgh is looking to bounce back from a 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers Monday night. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the game.
- The Penguins conclude their three-game homestand against the Montreal Canadiens (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
- The Penguins are 1-1 thus far on their homestand.
- On Monday, the Penguins saw their franchise-record 13-game home winning streak come to a close in a 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers.
- The Penguins are 14-3-1 in their last 18 games.
- Pittsburgh enters tonight’s game having won four straight games against Montreal here at CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins are 7-2 in their last nine home games against the Canadiens.
- Overall, the Penguins are 6-1-1 in their last eight regular-season games against the Canadiens.
- Of those eight games, six have been one-goal games and the other two were two-goal margins.
- Four of the past 11 games between Pittsburgh and Montreal have gone to overtime/shootout.
- Tonight begins the Penguins 10th set of back-to-back games this season. This will be the team’s final back-to-back until after the Olympic break when they play road games at San Jose and Anaheim on March 6-7.
- The Penguins have a cumulative record of 12-5-1 this year in back-to-backs. They have gone 6-2-1 in the first game and 6-3 the second night.
- Pittsburgh’s record in its past four sets of back-to-backs is 7-0-1. The lone blemish was a 4-3 overtime loss at Edmonton on Jan. 10.
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