Here's what the Pens had to say heading into their contest against the Devils.
Malkin: "I feel very close. We still have after this game two games left. I hope I play. If I feel like I can play the last game or the last two, I will. It's tough to say right now, but I'll try my best. Every day feels better."
Rust: "It feels good. We'll see how it reacts this afternoon. If things go well, hopefully I'll be back. It was nerve-racking at the time. It's something we wanted to be sure about and make sure nothing was seriously wrong. That's what we did."
ON THE DEVILS
Hornqvist: "A lot of guys playing for jobs and they always come out hard. They play a tight game. We know what kind of game it's going to be. We have to be focused and play the right way. If we do that, I like our chances."
Kuhnhackl: "We want to get the 2 points. We're still fighting for home ice. That will be huge for us in the playoffs. They're playing for contracts or pride. It'll be an intense game tonight."
ON THE POWER PLAY
Sullivan: "I think our power play is at its best when there is movement. The puck has to move and people have to move. When we do that and take what is given out there, that's when our power play is at its best."
Hornqvist: "We just have to keep doing what we're doing. Get it to Sid or Phil's hands and then get it to the net."
ODDS AND ENDS
Sullivan on Malkin: "We would like him to be at 100 percent so that he's ready to play. We've taken a cautious approach with him. I think he's played a fair amount of games this year. We're not overly concerned that he has to knock the rust off, so to speak. We feel strongly that he can step right in and be an impact player for us."