Here's what the Pens are saying about tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild.
ON THE MINNESOTA WILD
Crosby: "Their penalty kill is really good, they play well as a team system-wise. Not a team you want to get caught up trying to chase. They just play well as a unit and they manage the puck well, they don't take a lot of chances. If there are plays there, they get the puck deep. They forecheck and get it back. I think just a team that makes you earn the chances you get."
Hornqvist: "They want to play a grinding game and not give us time and space. We know how to play against that. The biggest thing tonight is to not get frustrated. It doesn't matter if it's 0-0, 1-1. When we get a chance we need to capitalize on our chances."
Cullen: "These guys bring a lot of speed and have a lot of offensive ability and firepower up front. I look at them as a hybrid of an East-West team. You look at how Boudreau coaches. He likes to get these guys going up and down the ice. I think it will be a fun game to play."
Sullivan: "They're a good team. They're well balanced. They've got the No. 1 penalty kill in the league. They're a hard team to play against. It's just another challenge. We have to make sure we take care of the puck and try to establish our game and use our speed to our advantage."
Letang: "They're well-built all the way around their lineup. They have good defensemen that can move their feet and they can move the puck really well. Up front, they've got skill, size. Obviously they have big guys who can go."
ON CROSBY'S LINE PLAYING DEFENSE
Sullivan: "All three of those forwards are very good two-way players. They can play at both ends of the rink. Hagelin is one of our penalty killers. He uses his speed defensively as well as he does offensively by taking time and space on people, and disrupting puck possession. He has good awareness away from the puck. Hornqvist is similar guy. He's a great shot blocker."
Hornqvist: "We're three smart players. Hagelin down low to take away their seams and Sid is always in the right spot even in the defensive zone. I try to be in the shooting lanes and help out. I think we've done a good job so far."
Crosby: "I think as you get older, you tend to understand it a little more. I think it's just something that takes time. It's always a work in progress. I think for any offensive player, you're always trying to remind yourself that and be constantly reminded to be on the right side of the puck."
ODDS AND ENDS
Cullen on playing his hometown Wild: "That's home for me. I grew up watching the North Stars play. For me it's fun to see these guys. I have a lot of good friends in that locker room still. Always fun to play the hometown team. You come onto the radar at home because all of your buddies get to see you play. So it's kind of fun."
Kunitz on team's offense: "I htink when you get Sid back it helps everybody out. He drives possession for everybody on the ice. Tanger being back in the lineup and getting the minutes to where guys are feeling comfortable and feel appropriate in the lineup. Also the depth of hte team. We've tried to pride ourselves on being a four-line team and now that we have everybody back in the lineup, I think that's starting to come around."