GAME DAY REPORT
Celina Pompeani and Sam Kasan discuss tonight's game between the Pens and the Devils. --Michelle Crechiolo
PENSTV INTERVIEWSSidney Crosby Paul Martin --Michelle Crechiolo
Pens coach Johnston had a few items of note...
- The Pens will use different line combos in the game, and not necessarily what was used in practice, because of Malkin and Hornqvist going down and the team wanting to change up their lines a little bit.
- Although Thomas Greiss was the first goalie off at practice, Johnston said the lineup will be announced shortly before the game.
- It looks doubtful that Malkin will join the team on the road. His injury timeline is at least a week and could go into the 10-12 day range, but Johnston pointed out that Malkin tends to return from injury ahead of schedule.
- Right now the Pens can't call up an extra defenseman due to cap constraints.
Coach Johnston has his work cut out for him figuring out his lines without Malkin and Hornqvist
Love this shot of Andrew Ebbett and Beau Bennett sharing a laugh
Kris Letang is looking to put his last game (where he was given a game misconduct halfway through) behind him
Chris Kunitz providing a netfront presence in front of Thomas Greiss, who was the first goalie off
Centermen Brandon Sutter and Maxim Lapierre working on their faceoffs
Intrigued to see how David Perron works alongside Sutter in the game tonight if the Pens stick with their morning skate lines
Paul Martin called this building home for the first six seasons of his career
A few players having a PK meeting with assistant coach Agnew
The whole team gathers around coach Johnston
Sidney Crosby is tied for second in the NHL scoring race
Beau Bennett waits for a pass--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan
MORNING SKATE INFO
With top-six forwards Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist both out due to injury (neither player made the trip to New Jersey), coach Mike Johnston had to Shamrock shuffle his lines during the Pens' game day skate this morning at Prudential Center.
The Pens used the following workflow...
The Pens PR department got festive with their St. Patrick's Day-themed infograph notes...--Sam Kasan
SCOUTING THE DEVILS --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. The Pens open up a 3-game road trip with a visit to New Jersey to battle the Devils. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the action.
- The Penguins begin a three-game road trip against the New Jersey Devils (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio 105.9 The X) at the Prudential Center.
- The Penguins are looking to end a brief two-game losing streak.
- This is the fifth and final meeting this year between the Penguins and Devils. New Jersey is one of two Metropolitan Division teams that Pittsburgh plays five times. The other is the New York Islanders, who the Penguins next play in the final home game of the regular season on April 10.
- Pittsburgh has already clinched a winning record against the Devils for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign.
- The Penguins haven’t won back-to-back games here in New Jersey since a four-game winning streak from Feb. 16, 2007-Jan. 29, 2008.
- -Pittsburgh’s win here on Jan. 30 was one of its more impressive victories of the season. Neither team scored the first two frames before the Devils’ Steve Bernier tallied 6:08 into the third period. Just when it appeared Pittsburgh was on the verge of being shut out for the second-consecutive game, Chris Kunitz scored on a power play to force overtime. The since-traded Simon Despres scored the game winner in overtime. Kris Letang assisted on both Pittsburgh goals. *That game was Kunitz’s 700th NHL contest.
- The Devils completed their three-game, Western Conference road trip with a record of 1-1-1 following a 4-1 win at Arizona on Saturday. The club is now 8-3-2 over its last 13 contests.
- New Jersey is 9-9-5 vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 5-3-4 at home.
- The Devils are 9-3-1 in their last 13 games at Prudential Center and are 13-4-4 over their last 21 at The Rock.
- The team's penalty kill unit was 1/1 on Saturday and is 33/35 (94.3%) over the last 13 games.
Stick tap: Pens/Devils PR--Sam Kasan