BEST MOMENTS FROM SELLOUT STREAK
The Penguins franchise will hit another historic milestone when the puck drops Wednesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The game will be the 300th-consecutive sell out. In honor of the achievement, here's a look back at some of the best moments during the streak.
Game 1 of 2008 ECF vs. Philadelphia
The Penguins held a 3-2 lead in the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final matchup with rival Philadelphia. The Flyers were on a power play and threatening to tie the game. The fate of the series was determined by one sequence on the ice. Ten seconds after being derailed into the end boards by Flyers center Mike Richards, Malkin received a breakout pass in the neutral zone from defenseman Sergei Gonchar. Malkin skated in all alone and rifled a slap shot past Philadelphia goaltender Martin Biron and pandemonium ensued in Mellon Arena. The Penguins held on for a 4-2 victory in the game.
For the rest of the best moments click here.
The players also talked about the incredible streak...
--Sam Kasan. Assist to Dave Uhrmacher
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
--Sam Kasan & Dave Uhrmacher
MARTIN OUT 4-6 WEEKS
Head coach Dan Bylsma had an update on defenseman Paul Martin this morning. He has a fractured tibia and will be out for approximately 4-6 weeks. Martin, who played with the break in the third period against the Bruins, will most likely not need surgery.
It's going to be a big adjustment being without Martin, as he played in every situation while leading the team (and ranking 11th in the league) in minutes per game. The guys talked about just how they're going to do that.
Defenseman Simon Despres was called up this morning along with forwards Jayson Megna and Chris Conner. Despres played 33 NHL games last season with the Pens.
Fleury warmed up his catching hand by tossing this water bottle into the air
James Neal will be playing against his hometown Leafs tonight.
Deryk Engelland may appear quiet, but he definitely knows how to get his teammates laughing.
Chris Conner (5-8) skates alongside Robert Bortuzzo (6-4)
I have no idea what is going on in this picture.
Not sure what is going on in this picture either.
The group gathers
--Michelle Crechiolo and Dave Uhrmacher
MORNING SKATE INFO
The Pens used the following workflow at their morning skate...
The Pens recalled forwards Jayson Megna and Chris Conner and defenseman Simon Despres.
Full details here.
A PEEK IN(SIDE) THE ROOM
Watch Joe Vitale mic'd up for the Pens game in Columbus (has a pretty funny ending).
MARTIN, GLASS INJURED
Forward Tanner Glass (broken hand) and Paul Martin (lower-body) will not be in the lineup tonight vs. Toronto. Both were updated with injuries.
Full story here.
For a preview of the Pens-Leafs matchup click here. If you're going to the game, the fan guide is here. For a detailed scouting report on the Leafs watch Michelle's video below.
START THE DAY
Good morning hockey fans! Tonight the Pens will battle the Maple Leafs in what should be an exciting game between two of the league's most explosive offenses.
- Pittsburgh is looking to build upon its three-game home winning streak.
- This season the Penguins have posted a 10-3 record at CONSOL Energy Center. Their 10 victories are tied with Boston for most in the Eastern Conference; and the second-most in the NHL. Pittsburgh’s .769 home points percentage is the second-best mark in the Eastern Conference behind only the Tampa Bay Lightning (.818; 9-2-0 record).
- This season the Penguins have scored three or more goals in 11 of 13 home games. Sidney Crosby ranks second among all NHL players in home points with 18 (7G-11A).
- The Penguins enter tonight having gone 4-2-1 in their last seven games.
- Pittsburgh has won three of its past four games against Toronto at CONSOL Energy Center.
- Pittsburgh has scored at least once on the man-advantage in five of its past six home games (6-for-21; 28.6%).
- Since James Neal returned to the Penguins lineup on Nov. 9 at St. Louis, he and linemate Evgeni Malkin have been the top two scorers in the NHL while combining for 25 points in nine games. During that span, Neal’s six goals are tied for second most in the league behind only Alex Ovechkin (7 goals).
- Tonight marks the 41st time in franchise history the Penguins will play on Thanksgiving Eve. Pittsburgh owns an 18-14-8 all-time record the night before Thanksgiving.
Stick tap: Pens PR
Today's song is "Invincible" by Adelitas Way, courtesy of @devonjacobs23. Enjoy.