GAME DAY REPORT
Celina Pompeani and Sam Kasan bring us the latest news and updates before the Pens take on the Habs in Montreal. --Michelle Crechiolo
PENSTV SOUNDOlli Maatta Blake Comeau --Sam Kasan
QUOTE 'EM--Sam Kasan
DUPUIS UPDATE COMING SOON
Penguins head coach Mike Johnston said that an update should be coming soon on forward Pascal Dupuis, who did not make the trip to Montreal with the team.
"He went to the doctor. He wasn't feeling well, as I mentioned yesterday," Johnston said. "We should have an update soon."--Sam Kasan
MAATTA WILL PLAY
It's official - Olli Maatta confirmed following the morning skate that he will be in the lineup tonight vs. Montreal, exactly two weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his thyroid gland.
“I didn’t think (my return) would come this quickly,” Maatta said following the Penguins’ morning skate. “I have to thank the doctors and team staff for doing their best. I’m just excited to be back.”Full story is here
Olli Maatta will be a game-time decision
Montreal native Kris Letang is just fine after taking a stick to the face in practice yesterday and receiving a couple of stitches
Crosby checks to see if he's being followed
Sutter and Scuderi get ready to shoot
Crosby with goaltending coach Mike Bales
Mike Johnston is looking forward to coaching his first game at the legendary Bell Centre--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan
MORNING SKATE INFO
It looks like Olli Maatta will return to action tonight against the Habs. He skated on a pairing with Christian Ehrhoff. Pascal Dupuis was absent as expected with Blake Comeau sliding into his spot. Here was the Pens workflow...
DIGITAL PREVIEW--Sam Kasan
SCOUTING THE HABS --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Bonjour hockey fans. The Pens are in Montreal to take on the red-hot Habs. Pittsburgh has won 9 of the last 10 games, while the Canadiens are riding a 6-game winning streak. Here are some quick notes to get you ready for the action...
- The Penguins hit the road for a brief one-game trip against the Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Canadiens (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at the Bell Centre.
- Pittsburgh has won back-to-back games and nine of 10 games entering tonight.
- The last 10 games between the Penguins and Canadiens have been high-scoring, entertaining affairs. During that stretch, in which the Penguins have gone 7-1-2, the two teams have combined for 68 regulation goals, an average of 6.8 per contest. Seven of the 10 games have been decided by one goal, including five that have gone into overtime – with three of those advancing to a shootout.
Stick tap: Pens PR
Before we completely turn the page to the Canadiens, let's take one final look back at the Pens' dramatic, come-from-the-locker room victory against the New York Rangers. --Sam Kasan