Here's what the Pens were saying in the locker room heading into their matchup with the New Jersey Devils…
On being back home after a 5-game, 9-day road swing:
Crosby: "It was a long trip, a lot of different places in a short period of time. It is good to get home and hopefully get some momentum here down the stretch."
On dealing with the injuries:
Crosby: "I can't say that we haven't gone through this before. It's something that, unfortunately, we have had to deal with in the past. We just have to find ways to play well and get points. The teams we are playing against aren't going to feel sorry for us, so we have to find ways to hold on and get guys back."
Hornqvist: "It's been (like that) for all three years I've been here. I think the only time we've been fully healthy was those first two rounds in the Stanley Cup playoffs last year. But that's the same with every team. It's hard to stay a healthy corp over 82 games plus playoffs. And we played 24 extra games last year. So it's just dealing with it, and luckily we have good players in the minors and a really good organization who drafted really well here."
On what to expect from the Devils, who broke a 10-game winless stretch Thursday against the Flyers:
Bonino: "They have a really skilled group of forwards. They are pretty strong on D and obviously (Cory) Schneider is one of the best goalies in the league. I don't think playoff position matters at this point for them. They are playing hard hockey and carefree. It makes them a dangerous team."
Sullivan: "Every team has their own circumstance. Some are fighting for a playoff spot. Some are trying to solidify a spot. Some are fighting for home-ice advantage. Regardless of what the circumstances are surrounding a team at this time of year, every team has something to play for. The stakes are high for everybody. So we're going to get everybody's best. And that's how we look at it. so regardless of who our opponent is, we have a lot of respect for New Jersey. They have a good team, they have good players and we know it's going to be a hard-fought game."
On what the power play didn't do in Philadelphia:
Streit: "The thing is usually execution. Those guys work hard on the PK and they got good clears. It took a little bit of momentum away from us. It is one of their things. If you are off a little bit, it will cost you."
Sullivan: "I just don't think we executed. We struggled with the entries. think we've got to be better on the faceoffs, win or lose. If we lose, we've got to get fast pressure to try and maintain the zone. If it does go down the ice, I think we've got to execute better on the entries. That usually has been a strength of our power play. We track success rates on our entries on a game-by-game basis and our success rate is in the high 60 percent, which is a pretty good number for a power play as far as the entries on the breakouts. The other night, we struggled in that area. That's one area I think we've got to improve."