QUOTES HEARD AROUND THE LOCKER ROOM
PENS MORNING SKATE INFO
The Penguins' 11:30 a.m. morning skate is optional. The players participating are: Kunitz, Adams, Tangradi, Vitale, Kennedy, Boychuk, Jeffrey, Engelland, Bortuzzo, Lovejoy, Despres, Letang, Fleury and Vokoun.
TAKIN' A SEAT
Deryk Engelland takes a seat while waiting for the Zamboni to finish cleaning the ice at Nassau Coliseum.
iSLES MORNING SKATE PICS
The home team hit the ice for a 10:30 a.m. morning skate.
Some of the Pens took in the practice. Can you guess who is who from the backs of their heads? (I'll help you out with one - the guy on the far left is manager of team services Jim Britt. That would have been a tough one).
John Tavares gathers a loose puck. "Hey, you come back here!"
I wonder if goalie Rick DiPietro is thinking, "Nooooooo!" as he dives back to try and prevent his teammate from having the wide open net
The Islanders have been spectacular on special teams. Entering their last game, a Sunday matinee against the Devils, the Islanders were ranked first in the league in both power play and penalty kill. They’ve since dropped a few spots after going 0-for-7 with the man-advantage against New Jersey in a 3-0 loss, but still rank among the league’s best in both categories. The Penguins saw firsthand how dangerous the Islanders’ power play can be, as they converted both their chances last week in Pittsburgh. Forwards John Tavares, Matt Moulson, Frans Nielsen, Brad Boyes and defenseman Mark Streit make up a formidable first unit that moves the puck well and makes the right decisions with it.
Full details on what to watch in tonight's game.
START THE DAY
The Pens are on Long Island for a showdown with the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum at 7 p.m. Pittsburgh dropped the last meeting between these two teams, 4-1, at home. Now they're hoping to even the score with a road victory.
The Pens will hit the ice at 11 a.m. for a morning skate. Stay tuned for the latest updates on injuries, lineup and more.
Since we are on the Island, we'll open the day with "Islands" by The xx. They're a pretty sweet indie group from England, but have gained a nice niche following in the States.
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