Here is what the Pens had to say prior to their contest in Edmonton against the Oilers…
ON RIGHTING THE SHIP
Sullivan: "It's something that is within our control and the answers are within that dressing room. There are going to be nights over the course of an 82-game schedule where it doesn't go your way. This early in the season, our team has had a few too many of them. It's not so much what our opponents are doing to us, it's what we're doing to ourselves. That's unacceptable.
Crosby: "You don't want to make a habit of it and we've said that after each one. We have to find a way to change it. You try to step back and learn from those. We haven't found a way to do that yet. We've got a lot of them so we have to figure it out."
Malkin: "We're not playing right. We think it's an easy game right now and we can score five or six goals. We need to be better. No one is giving us easy pucks right now. We need to win puck (battles), be strong in the corner, strong in the D-zone and play right."
ON THE OILERS
Crosby: "They're a fast team. Both of our teams play similar, so it makes for pretty good hockey. You don't want to get into a wide-open game, but sometimes that just happens with the way the styles work. I didn't think it was sloppy hockey last time. I thought both teams played pretty well, played to their strengths and played pretty good hockey."
Cole: "Just being aware of where those guys (McDavid and Draisaitl) are and what they're doing on the ice. It's paramount to slowing them down."
Kuhnhackl: "They're a good team. They're just like us, they're a speedy team. They have a good power play so we have to stay out of the box. They have some fast guys so we have to chip bodies all over the ice and try to stop them in their tracks."
ODDS AND ENDS
Hunwick on skating: "I feel good. It's nice to be back with the group. As far as how close (to returning), I'm still day-to-day at this point. I'm not cleared for contact. It's just practice until I'm told otherwise."
Sullivan on line adjustments: "When you look at our first 13 games, we've scored 17 5-on-5 goals. That's not enough to win consistently in this league. We've tried to walk the line of allowing lines to establish some chemistry and play through some challenges and struggles, but there is a fine line."
Kuhnhackl on playing with Malkin: "At the end is doesn't matter who you play with. You just have to go out there and do your job, make sure you compete. It's the only thing that's in your hands. Whatever happens, happens. We have to make sure that we compete out there."