Penguins Report: Game Day at Washington
- Lineup updates
- Pens skate info
- Game day videos
- Pens quotes
- Pens pics
- Caps skate info
- Pens-Caps preview
- Start the day
GAME DAY VIDEOS
Rich Walsh and Sam Kasan have everything you need to know heading into the first game of tonight's home-and-home series (which are the best - love the playoff-type feel of these) in the Verizon Game Day Report...
And Deryk Engelland speaks to the media
Head coach Dan Bylsma had a few updates regarding his roster...
- Jeff Zatkoff is starting in net
- Chris Conner is getting close to returning to play, but isn't quite there yet
- Robert Bortuzzo (upper-body) and Brian Gibbons (lower-body) are both day-to-day. Both could play tonight or tomorrow
MORNING SKATE INFO
There were 15 participants at the Pens optional morning skate: forwards Beau Bennett, Joe Vitale, Chris Conner, Brian Gibbons, Jussi Jokinen, Marcel Goc, Craig Adams and Lee Stempniak, defensmen Simon Despres, Robert Bortuzzo, Deryk Engelland and Olli Maatta and goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury, Jeff Zatkoff and Tomas Vokoun.
The Pens are holding an optional morning skate. So participation is to be determined. However, they did hold a full-squad practice Sunday night at Verizon Center. Here are some pics for proof...
Up ice rushes
Todd Reirden still has the perfect form
Bennett returned to practice Sunday night
Engelland has had the hot hand lately
Malkin watches practice waiting for his turn
There's no one better in the NHL at taking a pass with his skates than Crosby
Scuderi on point
Maatta and Orpik as observers
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Given that Kuznetsov hasn’t gone through a full practice and has to learn the system Oates says they will “definitely ease him in”.— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) March 10, 2014
Brooks Laich (groin) not taking part in #Caps morning skate. He said Saturday he wasn’t 100 percent— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) March 10, 2014
#Caps lines look to be: (Laich)-Backstrom-Ovi; Penner-Johansson-Brouwer; Chimera-Fehr-Ward; Kuznetsov-Beagle-Wilson— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) March 10, 2014
Jaroslav Halak is the first goalie off the ice, looks like he’ll start vs Pens.— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) March 10, 2014
Want more info on the Capitals? Check out Michelle Crechiolo's scouting report below...
START THE DAY
Good morning hockey fans! Tonight the Pens finish off their season-long five-game road trip with a battle against the Capitals in D.C. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the game...
- The Penguins conclude their season-long five-game road swing against the Washington Capitals (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at the Verizon Center.
- Pittsburgh has won six straight games against Washington and seven of the last eight meetings.
- The Penguins have been victorious in three of their past four visits to the Verizon Center and in four of the last six trips here.
- Tonight marks the 21st time that Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin are all playing in the same regular-season game against one another. In the first 20, the Penguins have compiled a record of 14-5-1.
- Since the Penguins returned from the Olympic break, D Matt Niskanen has averaged 25:51 minutes per contest. That average would place seventh in the NHL if projected over the full season.
- Tonight the Penguins begin their 12th set of back-to-back games. Thus far they have a cumulative record of 15-6-1; including 7-3-1 the first night; and 8-3 in the second game.
Today we'll open the day with one of my favorite bands from high school. The Richmond, Virginia group (that's close enough to D.C., right?) Avail. Here is "Cross Tie" off their album Over the James.