VERIZON GAME DAY REPORT
SOUNDS HEARD AROUND THE ROOM
It appears that the Rangers will be using the same lineup against the Penguins from Wednesday night's 6-1 win. Makes sense.
Martin Biron is quite the patriot
Newly acquired John Moore
--Drew Hancherick & Sam Kasan
THEY SAID IT
Quotes from the Pens locker room as they prepare for their rematch with the Rangers...
Vokoun takes a Gatorade break while the team gathers around coach Bylsma
Goalie fist bump
Love seeing the legendary No. 12 in black and gold
Neal's focused and ready for tonight
Veterans Morrow and Cooke pay close attention
New Penguins Murray and Jokinen circle around the ice
Another shot of Jokinen as he prepares for his first game as a Pen
Even though he's not a player anymore, coach Bylsma's still willing to sacrifice the body to block a shot!
Wish we knew what Eaton was saying as Despres prepares to shoot the puck
Eaton saw some time on the second PP unit this morning
--Michelle Crechiolo and Drew Hancherick
COACHSPEAK WITH DAN BYLSMA...
Head coach Dan Bylsma confirmed that:
- Letang skated today on his own prior to the team's morning skate.
- Crosby has not had concussion symptoms, but Bylsma doesn't know the steps needed for him to get back on the ice.
- Fleury starting in net
MORNING SKATE INFO
Pens on the ice for morning skate. Only missing players are Sidney Crosby (broken jaw), Paul Martin (broken bone in hand) and Kris Letang (lower body). As expected, Jussi Jokinen centered Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis.
Update: The Pens' top PP unit remained the same with Niskanen and Iginal up top and Malkin, Kunitz and Neal down low.
The second PP unit however had an interesting look to it. Jokinen, Kennedy and Morrow were down low. But on the points the Pens used Dupuis and a rotation of Orpik and Eaton. Opposing teams are fearing for their lives.
Clowe, Brassard and Moore made their Rangers debut Wednesday night against the Penguins, and so far they’re making general manager Glen Sather look like a genius. The three new players combined for eight points (4G-4A) in New York’s dominant 6-1 victory.
Clowe, who had a total of 0 goals in 28 games with the Sharks this season, potted two goals and added an assist for three points. He’s a gritty player that will add tenacity and physicality to the Rangers lineup. Clowe can also chip in offensively, as evidenced Wednesday. Prior to his struggles this season, he regularly scored in the 17-24 goals range.
Full game preview here.
START THE DAY
Good morning Pens fans! The Pens will hit the ice at 10:30 a.m. for a morning skate in preparation for their 7 p.m. rematch with the NY Rangers at CONSOL Energy Center. It was New York that walked away with a dominant 6-1 victory Wednesday in the concrete jungle.
On Thursday the Pens held an optional skate. Only 10 players took part: forwards Jussi Jokinen, Jarome Iginla, Tyler Kennedy, Tanner Glass, Joe Vitale and Dustin Jeffrey, defensemen Robert Bortuzzo, Simon Despres and Mark Eaton, and goalie Tomas Vokoun.
We'll start the day with a pumper highlight video set to Outkast's "B.O.B."