VERIZON GAME DAY REPORT --Sam Kasan
GAME DAY VIDEOSSidney Crosby Nick Spaling Rob Scuderi --Michelle Crechiolo
QUOTE 'EM--Michelle Crechiolo and Joey Sykes
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
It's the Leafs Dad's Trip!!
Leafs blowing in the wind
Dion--Joey Sykes & Sam Kasan
Forward Beau Bennett will be out for "a couple of weeks" with his lower-body injury, according to coach Johnston. Jayson Megna will get a long look in his place. It's another tough blow for Bennett, who can't seem to shake the injury bug. --Sam Kasan
Siller practicing some dangles
Goc eyes up the playing surface
Megnatron and Bortz getting some stretches in
Spaling waiting his turn
Intense Maatta face
"Who are you?"
Sharing a laugh-- Joey Sykes
MORNING SKATE INFO
The Pens are on the ice for their morning skate. It appears to be the first optional skate (confirmed by coach Johnston) of the season as several players are absent. MIA are Paul Martin, Christian Ehrhoff, Chris Kunitz, Beau Bennett (lower-body) and Evgeni Malkin.
As such, the team did not work in lines. --Sam Kasan
DIGITAL PREVIEW--Sam Kasan
SCOUTING THE LEAFS --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. Tonight the Pens will faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs for the third and final time this season. Pittsburgh was triumphant in the two previous meetings, both taking place north of the border. Here are some game notes to get you set for the game...
The Penguins complete their season series against the Toronto Maple Leafs (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
- Tonight’s game begins a stretch that will see the Penguins play five of their next six contests at home.
- The Penguins have a five-game unbeaten stretch at CONSOL Energy Center (4-0-1).
- Pittsburgh has won four straight games against the Leafs and six of the last seven meetings.
- The Penguins have won the last two meetings and five of the past six games against the Leafs here in Pittsburgh.
- Tonight the Penguins are wearing their third jerseys that combine Pittsburgh gold with the skating Penguins logo. This is the third time that the Penguins have worn these jerseys, which debuted in a loss to Philadelphia on Oct. 22. The Penguins earned their first win in their third sweaters on Nov. 15 versus the NY Rangers.
- Marc-Andre Fleury will wear gold pads tonight for the first time since Dec. 6, 2007 at Calgary.
Stick tap: Pens PR
Before we get ready for the showdown with the Leafs, let's take a minutes to appreciate the incredible accomplishment of Marc-Andre Fleury on his 300th career NHL win from Monday night. --Sam Kasan