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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Philadelphia (Pittsburgh Gold Returns)

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins




VERIZON GAME DAY REPORT
Celina Pompeani and I team up to bring you tonight's Verizon Game Day Report.



--Sam Kasan


PENSTV SOUND

Sidney Crosby



Chris Kunitz



Kris Letang



Brandon Sutter




--Sam Kasan


QUOTE 'EM


--Sam Kasan, Michelle Crechiolo & Joey Sykes


COACH'S CORNER
Here are some highlights from coach Johnston's post-skate media session...
  • Pens will use same lineup tonight, may change tomorrow with back-to-back games
  • If Bortuzzo has a solid practice Friday in Nashville then he'll be very close to returning

--Sam Kasan


PENS PICS


Fleury not wearning the all gold pads at morning skate


Greiss gets some early practice work


Hornqvist smiling like a butcher's dog


Sill nation


Maatta batta


Dupuis unstrapped


Starchild


Coach Johnston going over the drills


Asst. coach Tocchet has been on both sides of the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia rivalry


Goc rips a shot


Scuderi giggles at Ehrhoff's jokes


Downie switches to the Black and Gold for tonight's rivalry

--Sam Kasan & Joey Sykes


PENS SKATE INFO
The only players missing from the Pens morning skate are recent recalls Harrington and Ebbett. Both were in the lineup last night for WBS in Albany so they are probably en route to Pittsburgh.

The Pens used the following workflow...

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

Letang-Maatta
Ehrhoff-Martin
Scuderi/Bortuzzo-Despres

No changes on the power-play units.

--Sam Kasan


PENS TRENDS
The beautiful Celina Pompeani gives you the latest trends in the Pens universe.



--Sam Kasan


PENS RECALL 2 FROM WBS
The Pens recalled defenseman Scott Harrington and forward Andrew Ebbett from WBS this morning.

Release here.

--Sam Kasan


DETROIT ROCK CITY


Which four Pens dressed up as the members of KISS? Get that and the rest of the team's Halloween costume highlights from their annual team Halloween party here.

--Sam Kasan


DSG PLAYS OF THE WEEK



--Sam Kasan


DIGITAL PREVIEW

(Stick tap: EvanSchall)

--Sam Kasan


SCOUTING THE FLYERS



--Sam Kasan


START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans! Tonight the Pens host cross-state rival Philadelphia for the first time this season in an 8 p.m. national prime time matchup. It will also be the first time Pittsburgh wears their new third jerseys, an ode to the early 1990s. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the action...
  • The Penguins complete their three-game homestand against the Philadelphia Flyers (TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 105.9 the X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
  • Pittsburgh plays its second-straight Metropolitan Division contest after defeating the Islanders on Saturday.
  • Last year, Pittsburgh won 20 of its 30 division contests, four more than the next-closest Metro teams.
  • Tonight Pittsburgh is looking to reverse a trend where it has lost the season series to the Flyers three of the past four years. -Beginning with tomorrow’s game in Detroit, the Penguins will play seven of their next 10 games on the road. The Penguins won their only road contest of the season, 5-2, in Toronto on Oct. 11.
  • Tonight the Penguins begin the front half of back-to-back games. Pittsburgh will play 17 sets of back-to-backs in ’14-15. Last year, the Penguins had an overall record of 20-11-3 in back-to-backs; including 9-6-2 the first night and 11-5-1 in the second game.
(Stick tap: Pens PR)
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Tonight the Pens break out these beauties...



Brings back memories of these....



--Sam Kasan
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