Here's what the Pens were saying in the locker room heading into their first game out of the All-Star break against Nashville…
ON THE PREDATORS:
Rust: "They have a lot of balance, a really good back end and a really good goalie. Throughout their lineup they don't have any major weaknesses. We need to try and play a full complete game."
Cole: "They try to transition those pucks they turn over by playing well defensively. A counterattack team, if you will. They're going to be a team we can't feed into that counterattack game, that transition game they want to play. If we have the opportunity to make plays, we have guys that can do it. But we can't try to force plays. We can't turn pucks over because of that."
Maatta: "The biggest thing is our own game. I know they are a skilled team. They have a good goalie. We have to play the game the right way and make sure we bring our A-game tonight. We only see these guys two times a year. Last time we lost. We have to make sure we even up the situation here."
ON BEING DONE WITH BREAKS AND COMING OFF ANOTHER ONE:
Hagelin: "We're excited. We're looking forward to these two and a half months of a lot of hockey games. That's why we play the game, we love the game."
Cole: "We had a good twirl yesterday (at practice). Sully bagged us pretty good. So that was good, hopefully that will be beneficial tonight and hopefully the legs will be going."
ON WHERE THE PENS ARE AT:
Sheary: "I think we have been scoring at a pretty good rate. Our home ice play is also something we have been really good at. Our road game needs to improve coming through. Defensively we need to try and limit other team's chances and their opportunity to score."
Rust: "I think we like a lot of our stuff in the neutral zone and offensive zone. I think we need to be a little bit better in the d-zone. We need to create more turnovers, be a little harder on pucks and spend a little less time there."
ON POTENTIALLY MAKING HIS NHL DEBUT TONIGHT:
Rowney: "A lot of excitement. I had a lot of excitement when I got that first phone call and went to Boston. So to go back down, I played a couple games and then to get another call and being so close right now, there's a lot of excitement right now, a lot of excitement with my family coming into town and everything. So right now, I just want to take it very slowly and soak it all in and enjoy the night."