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Quote Roundup: Pens-Sens

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Here is what the Pens had to say prior to their contest against Ottawa…


On Hunwick: "He's not going to play tonight."

On analytics: "The purpose of tracking stats is so you can learn something and then react one way or another. We track certain stats internally and look at them in the short term and over the course of 10-, 20-game segments to see a certain body of work with a bigger sample size to find out where we think our team is at. It helps us identify trends."

On the high goals against lately: "The biggest reason has been our penalty kill. We gave us two goals against on the penalty kill the last couple of games, 5-on-5 has been a much better situation. Early in the year our penalty kill was really good, the last couple of games our penalty kill has slipped a little bit."

On Ottawa with Duchene: "He's just another elite player. He has the ability to generate offense. He can be a difference maker. He's a very good hockey player. That's how I see it. It makes them a better team when you put a player like that in your lineup."


On Ottawa: "They're very dangerous and have guys that can really burn you if your reads aren't crisp. The ability for us to be sharp and smart is something that will serve us well tonight."

On the Eastern Conference Final: "They're a very well coached team. They're tough to get through and tough to beat. They're not going to beat themselves and give you freebees. … I think the resiliency that we showed in that series to comeback and win some of those in overtime was the difference."

On playing physical: "If it's (Ryan Reaves) coming to fight me it's a different story. No offense to Jack Eichel. It's something that's part of the game. Hitting is part of the game. A good, clean body check is still a part of hockey. It always will be. If guys take exception to that, that's fine."


On the Sens: "They're a really good team. A lot of offensive star power and obviously good defensemen. You have to be ready for that and on your toes all night."

On last year's series: "You remember what to expect and know how they play. They're a tough team to play against, but we have to play our game."

On Ottawa's 1-3-1: "The biggest thing is you have to be patient, you can't get frustrated if things aren't going your way. I think we're ready for them."

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