GAME DAY REPORT
Celina Pompeani and Sam Kasan discuss Olli Maatta along with Jaromir Jagr and the New Jersey Devils. --Michelle Crechiolo
PENSTV SOUNDSidney Crosby Kris Letang Paul Martin --Sam Kasan
QUOTE 'EM--Sam Kasan
Pens coach Johnston had a few notes on injured players Beau Bennett and Robert Bortuzzo...
- Bortuzzo is 5-6 days away from being ready to return to the lineup
- Bennett will need 3-4 practices before he can be cleared for contact
Beau's bringing back the Sunshine smile at the morning skate
Hornqvist plays goalie
Goc examines the blade on his stick. He decides that it is good. Then he rests.
Ehrhoff searching for the lost puck. Do you see it?
Crosby stick handles with an imaginary puck
Seriously, where are all the pucks?
Great seeing these two kids on the ice. Maatta and Bennett share a laugh
Greiss waves hi to his teammates
Fleury and Bales discuss goaltending things--Sam Kasan & Joey Sykes
MORNING SKATE INFO
All of the Pens roster players were at the morning skate, including forward Beau Bennett (lower-body). Bennett has missed the entire regular season so far, and today is his first practice with the team since the injury. He had been skating on his own.
The Pens used the following workflow...
PENS SHOP FOR KIDS
Sidney Crosby may be affiliated with the black and gold whenever he hits the ice, but the Pittsburgh Penguins captain couldn’t seem to stray away from the pink and purple during his Monday afternoon shopping spree with his new friends Olivia and Selena.
At around 2 p.m. the Penguins arrived at the Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Cranberry Township to participate in the eighth annual Project Bundle-Up. As part of the annual “Penguins Personal Shopping Day,” Penguins players were matched with local middle school children selected by The Salvation Army to shop for new winter clothing including coats, hats, gloves and boots.Read full story here. --Sam Kasan
MAATTA TO UNDERGO NECK SURGERYHead coach Mike Johnston stood on the bench alongside assistant coach Gary Agnew. Before the puck dropped to start the game Johnston leaned into Agnew’s ear and said, “Keep a close eye on Olli. This will be a tough couple of games for him to get through.”
Playing under the cloud of a tumor and the weight of possible cancer, not to mention his non-game tested surgically repaired shoulder, Maatta played the game of his life.
The Finnish blueliner recorded a career-high three assists, which doubled as his career high for points in a game, while skating 15:55 minutes of ice time. Maatta made a no-look breakout pass from the Penguins’ zone that led to aSidney Crosby goal in the first period. Minutes later Maatta pinched into the circle and took a pass from Evgeni Malkin. Maatta had a clean shot at the net, but opted to feather a pass through two Ducks players and right toPascal Dupuis for an easy tap-in goal.Read full story.
(Getty Images)--Sam Kasan
DIGITAL PREVIEW--Sam Kasan
SCOUTING THE DEVILS --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. Today the Pens will host Jaromir Jagr and the New Jersey Devils at CONSOL Energy Center. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the action...
- The Penguins begin their second three-game homestand of the young season against the New Jersey Devils (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
- The Penguins have gone 8-2 against the Devils at CONSOL Energy Center.
- In last year’s season series between the Penguins and Devils, which both teams went 2-2, the Penguins went 2-0 when they faced Corey Schneider and 0-2 against former Devils netminder Martin Brodeur. Those are Schneider’s only two career appearances against the Penguins.
- Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has fared much better against the Devils here in Pittsburgh than he has in New Jersey. At home, Fleury is 13-9-3 with a 2.11 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 25 career starts. On the road, Fleury is 4-13-1 with a 3.07 goals-against average and an .892 save percentage.
- During his four-game home winning streak against the Devils, Fleury has allowed just five goals on 116 shots for a 1.25 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage.
(Stick tap: Pens PR)
Since the Pens are hosting Satan's team, we'll start the day with ACDC's "Hells Bells." --Sam Kasan