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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Toronto (Home Opener Edition)

Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 9:22 AM / Penguins Report
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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Toronto (Home Opener Edition)



GAME DAY REPORT
Sam breaks down what to expect from tonight's home opener against the Maple Leafs (with help from Kris Letang and coach Bylsma). To steal a line from Sam, happy game day everyone!





--Michelle Crechiolo




SOUNDS HEARD AROUND THE LOCKER ROOM

COACH DAN BYLSMA



SIDNEY CROSBY




JAMES NEAL




TANNER GLASS





--Michelle Crechiolo




LEAFS MORNING SKATE PICS


Ben Scrivens tending goal












Kessel sneaking one past Scrivens


James Reimer down at the other end


Captain Dion Phaneuf skates with asst coach Greg Crocin

--Wes Crosby and Michelle Crechiolo



QUOTES HEARD AROUND THE LOCKER ROOM







--Michelle Crechiolo



MORNING SKATE PICS


Fleury doing Gangnam Style


Orpik and asst coach Tony Granato


Niskanen and Martin


Dupuis winds up...


...and follows through


Group meeting


Goalie conversation

--Michelle Crechiolo & Sam Kasan



MORNING SKATE INFO
There appear to be no lineup changes judging by the line combinations and defensive pairings...

Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis
Tangradi-Malkin-Neal
Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy
Glass-Vitale-Adams
(Jeffrey)

Orpik-Martin
Niskanen-Letang
Despres-Engelland
Bortuzzo-Lovejoy

UPDATE: Following morning skate, head coach Dan Bylsma said Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start in goal and there are no injuries of note to his lineup.

--Sam Kasan



MARTIN STARTS STRONG
“I’ve always been confident in my abilities. I think last year when things weren’t going my way, I’ve always been hard on myself and expected a lot out of myself. Certain times (I) definitely got frustrated with the game and with myself. I think this year a different mindset will serve me well.”

Martin, 31, returned to Pittsburgh for training camp determined to have a better year for the team. And his new mindset certainly served Martin well through the Penguins’ opening weekend, as he got off to the strong start he wanted in wins over the Flyers and the Rangers while anchoring Pittsburgh’s shutdown defense pairing with Brooks Orpik.

Full story here.



--Sam Kasan



WHAT TO WATCH FOR VS. TORONTO




Lupul, Bozak and Kessel remain together this season to provide Toronto’s most potent offensive threat, but the rest of the line combinations seem to be fluid. During practice on Tuesday, new addition James van Riemsdyk – who spent the last three seasons with Philadelphia – moved up to left wing on the second line with center Mikhail Grabovski (who had 23 goals and 51 points last season) and right wing Nikolai Kulemin. That puts Clarke MacArthur (20 goals, 43 points) on the third line with Marlies call-ups Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov.

For a full scouting report on the Leafs and things to watch for in tonight's game click here.

--Sam Kasan



START THE DAY
Good morning Pens fans! Today the Pens open the season at home with a 7 p.m. tilt against the Toronto Maple Leafs. This will be the first contest held at CONSOL Energy Center since April 20, 2012 (not counting the Black and Gold Game). Fans have been patiently waiting for over nine months to watch hockey in Pittsburgh.

The team will hit the ice at 10:30 a.m. for their morning skate. We'll be tracking to bring you tonight's lineup, line combinations, defensive pairings and starting goaltender, as well as any other tidbits we pick up along the way. So stay tuned to the Pens Report throughout the day for continuous updates.

And within a few hours, Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Lange's voice will ring out over the airwaves, "It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh!"

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By special request from Michelle, we'll open the day with Phillip Phillips "Home."

Question: if your last name was Phillips and you had a son, would you name him Phillip?

Also, I wanted to start the day with "Home" by American Music Club. But Michelle said it was too esoteric (OK, she didn't use the word esoteric, but it's what she meant). So if you want to treat yourself, look up the song on YouTube.

Otherwise, enjoy.



--Sam Kasan

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