GAME DAY REPORT
Celina Pompeani and Sam Kasan discuss tonight's Metropolitan Division match up between the Penguins and the Capitals. --Michelle Crechiolo
Christian Ehrhoff Sidney Crosby Kris Letang Brandon Sutter --Michelle Crechiolo
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Jay Beagle and Eric Fehr
Stretch it out
Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff spoke to the media for the first time since being injured on Jan. 28 at Washington following Tuesday’s morning skate.
“I’m feeling better and getting in the right direction,” said Ehrhoff, who has missed the last eight games. “Hopefully not too much longer, but it’s kind of day-to-day how I feel, so it’s tough to give an estimate or prognosis.”
Head coach Mike Johnston said they are continuing to follow concussion protocol with Ehrhoff, who still needs to be cleared for contact and partake in a full practice. Ehrhoff skated with the team for the first time on Saturday in Chicago, but only took part in a partial practice and left when the Penguins started doing contact drills.
“We’ll see tomorrow,” Johnston said. “We have a full practice tomorrow, so we’ll have a chance to see if the trainers and the doctors let him partake in a full practice and even in contact. That’s the next stage. It’s just protocol with these types of things. With concussions, it’s all protocol and we just wait for the next clearance.”
“It’s kind of see how you feel after those skates and see how you feel the rest of the day, especially,” Ehrhoff said. “And when it’s good, then you take the next step.”
Ehrhoff was hurt when he struck his head on the ice after trying to check Washington's Alex Ovechkin shoulder-to-shoulder into the boards and the Capitals captain used his arm to block the hit. Ehrhoff said he had no problem with the play.
“I don’t recall much after what happened,” Ehrhoff said. “I obviously saw it on TV a little later and it was kind of a freaky thing. Obviously going head first on the ice, that did enough. I was a little off-balance and he just kind of pushed off me to get away from me. There was nothing dirty about it.”--Michelle Crechiolo
QUOTE 'EM--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan
Steve Downie on the chase
Patric Hornqvist plays keep away with Sidney Crosby
Crosby launches the puck
Beau Bennett and Nick Spaling have a morning conversation
Hornqvist goes in for the kill
Craig Adams shares some words with Mike Johnston
Marc-Andre Fleury gets some advice--Haley Sawyer
MORNING SKATE INFO
All the Pens players were at the morning skate, including Christian Ehrhoff (concussion protocol). The Pens used the following workflow...
(The other five rotated)--Sam Kasan
DIGITAL PREVIEW--Sam Kasan
SCOUTING THE CAPS --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. Tonight the Pens renew one of the NHL's best rivalries with a showdown against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the action.
- The Penguins return home to host the Washington Capitals (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio 105.9 The X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
- Pittsburgh has won five of its last eight games and it has earned points in nine of 12 (6-3-3).
- The Penguins are looking to end a two-game Washington winning streak tonight.
- Washington has shut out the Penguins in both meetings this year. The last Penguins player to score against the Capitals was Sidney Crosby at 14:12 of the third period during Pittsburgh’s 2-0 win on March 11, 2014.
- Four of the last six games between the Penguins and Capitals have been shutouts, with the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury and Washington’s Braden Holtby tossing two apiece.
Stick tap: Pens PR--Sam Kasan