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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Montreal

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins



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 SOUND

Olli 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.

--Michelle Crechiolo


PENS PICS


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


Group shot


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...

Kunitz-Crosby-Comeau
Spaling-Malkin-Hornqvist
Bennett-Sutter-Downie
Sill-Goc-Adams

Martin-Letang
Maatta-Ehrhoff
Scuderi-Despres-Bortuzzo

--Sam Kasan


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
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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
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