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Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Puck-Lurker on Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:59 pm

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Quote Roundup: Pens-Canucks
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Here's what the Pens were saying in the locker room heading into their matchup with Vancouver…

ON THEIR LEVEL OF PLAY AND 11-8-3 RECORD

Crosby: "I think it's been different things. I think early on we struggled, especially with the back to-back games. The scores are pretty evident of that, I think. I think if you look at each game, it's kind of been different things. But I think in general, consistency with our overall game, early on, some games our power play was kind of clicking a bit. Lately it hasn't been as good.

The back-to-back games are something that gave us a hard time earlier. It's tight. You've got to have your best game every night just to give yourself a chance to win and we've got to have that urgency and that desperation and if that's there, our game will take care of itself. But just knowing that we've got to compete every night and having that mentality is something that we need to find."

Sullivan: "We have ideas on why we think we are where we are. Like we've said to our players here over the last little while, that we are what our record says we are right now. It's because we haven't brought a consistent effort night in and night out that's going to bring us consistent results. We believe in this group that we have. We think we've got a competitive hockey team and when we're committed to play the game the right way, we feel as though we can compete against any team in the league.

You're going to win some games, you're going to lose some games. But for me, it's about how we win and how we lose. It's giving yourself the best chance to win on a given night. There are some things that we can't control. Sometimes you might run into a hot goalie or sometimes you might not get some puck luck out there. The puck doesn't bounce the way you want it to bounce for you. But I think if you focus on the things that you can control, and you play the game paying attention to the details and playing together as a group, we think more often than not, this team will be competitive and we'll win a fair amount of games."

ON HAVING A FEW DAYS BETWEEN GAMES

Cole: "I think any time the schedule eases up a little bit as far as games go and you get some good hard practices in, and hopefully kind of nail down some things that I don't want to say are troubling you necessarily, but are things we think we need to work on, I think that's a good thing."

Reaves: "I think a couple days off is a little rare for us in the beginning of the season. Had a couple good practices, tweaking a few things and just kind of getting back to what we know. Hopefully we're feeling fresh today."

Sullivan: "Our hope is that we got better as a team. We had an opportunity to work on a few things. We had some video meetings and tried to reinforce the video meetings with our practice. I felt like we had two pretty good workdays and hopefully we got better as a hockey team. That was the objective going into it. I think our guys are excited to get into a game tonight. I do think that some of our areas of our game, we identified areas where we needed to improve. We tried to show them on film and then tried to go out and practice those situations in hopes that we could get better as a hockey team."

ON THE PENALTY KILL

Sullivan: "I think our penalty kill has gone through stretches this year where it's been really good, and we've had stretches where it hasn't. Right now, we're in a little bit of a rut, but we do believe in the guys we have. We have to make sure we don't lose our swagger out there, that we have to make sure that we play with a certain level of confidence, and a believe and trust in one another, in the concepts that we're implementing that we can have success."

Cole: "I think any time you can go get pressure down the ice, and try to disrupt their breakout coming through the neutral zone coming into your end, I think that's certainly beneficial. Any time you get the opportunity to apply pressure, you don't want to do it needlessly, but any time you have the ability to get pressure on and force mistakes, it's something you want to do."

ON IMPRESSIONS OF BROCK BOESER, WHO HAD A HAT TRICK IN THE FIRST MEETING

Cole: "Impressions? He looked like the best goal scorer in the league when we played against him (laughs). He's obviously a good player and didn't know a ton about him before, but you can see how dangerous he is."

McKegg: "I've obviously only seen him one time but he's a good player. He had three goals, I think his line had four goals. (Bo) Horvat is playing well too. I think you just have to be aware when they're out there, play tight to them and play within our structure."

ODDS AND ENDS

Guentzel, on switching from wing to center: "I think it's all D-zone. You got to be a little lower and harder down there. I know faceoffs are going to be big too, so if it happens, it happens, but we'll see. I just think you're in the middle of the ice more and you get the puck with more speed sometimes. You just got to try and help out the D and communication is going to be big tonight. I feel comfortable with it. You kind of pay attention in video just because you know it could happen."

McKegg, on switching from center to wing: "I played a lot of wing last year. Obviously, it's a different role than center. You have to be careful with your point-man up top. I think the biggest adjustment might be the wall play. As a centerman you don't take a lot of pucks along the wall, so that's something that might be a bit of an adjustment, but like I said, I played a lot of wing last year so I'm pretty used to it."



3 Things: Malkin Hurt
Spoiler:
Here is what you need to know from Tuesday's practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex…

1. Malkin hurt

Pens center Evgeni Malkin will miss Wednesday's game against the Vancouver Canucks at PPG Paints Arena with an upper-body injury, sustained during a game.

Malkin, who did not practice Tuesday, hasn't been ruled out for Black Friday's showdown in Boston.

"He'll be re-evaluated on Thursday for his status on the weekend," head coach Mike Sullivan said.

With Malkin out, the team's center situation for tomorrow will depend a lot on whether or not center Carter Rowney is available. If Rowney is able to play then Pittsburgh would once again have four healthy centers with Rowney, Sidney Crosby, Riley Sheahan and Greg McKegg.

Rowney missed the last 13 games with a hand injury, but has been practicing and participated in his first full-contact practice on Tuesday.

Rowney's broken hand has fully healed and he said there are no issues in regard to gripping his stick, handling the puck, taking or receiving passes. It's just a matter of working back into game shape.

"It's just getting back to the pace and making those quick decisions," Rowney said. "It's just getting adjusted to being back on the ice with the team."

If Rowney isn't able to return for Wednesday, the Penguins could shift Jake Guentzel from wing to center, which is the position he played in college.

"He's a cerebral player. He distributes the puck well. I think he has a good, solid two-way game," Sullivan said. "He's a good player. If we do choose to use him there I think he can make the adjustment."

The Penguins could also recall a center from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Thomas DiPauli, Teddy Blueger and Jean-Sebastien Dea are among the options for Pittsburgh.

2. Archie

Regardless of what happens at the center position, it appears that forward Josh Archibald will be back in the lineup.

Archibald took line rushes in each of the past two practices. Monday he skated on the fourth line while Tuesday he was positioned on the third line.

"It's nice to get in some rushes instead of just switching out here and there, but things change day-to-day," Archibald said. "That's how I have to take it."

Tom Kuhnhackl has been the odd-man out the past two days.

3. Workflow

Sheary-Crosby-Hornqvist
Rust-Guentzel-Kessel
Hagelin-Sheahan-Archibald
McKegg-Rowney-Reaves
(Kuhnhackl)

Dumoulin-Letang
Maatta-Schultz
Hunwick-Cole
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Crashguy66 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:40 pm

Guess we get to see what kind of center Jake is. L. G. P. !!!!
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Puck-Lurker on Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:44 pm

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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Crashguy66 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:50 pm

Just for the love of God trot #4 out on the top PP unit tonight.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby penny lane on Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:59 pm

I miss Ryan Miller in goal for Vancouver!
Let's Go Pens!
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Crashguy66 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:03 pm

Where is Miller anyway?
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby penny lane on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:10 pm

Miller in Anaheim?
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Crashguy66 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:11 pm

Miss watching him get tortured by Pens.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Crashguy66 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:13 pm

Lange back on radio. Glad he's feeling better!
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby IC Light on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:19 pm

Sloppy thus far, need to settle down
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Puck-Lurker on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:19 pm

:face:

Is this a rerun?
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Crashguy66 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:19 pm

Oh Riley! That was a nice shot. Damn.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby stonewizard51 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:20 pm

And just like that they're down 1. Awesome.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Crashguy66 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:22 pm

And the Nucks played last night.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby stonewizard51 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:23 pm

GUENTZELVANIA !!
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Puck-Lurker on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:23 pm

Thank you Jake.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby penny lane on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:24 pm

Shooting the puck leads to a goal, woo!
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby IC Light on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:25 pm

Remove 71 from the PP permanently! Lol
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Skatingpen on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:26 pm

Pee pee
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Puck-Lurker on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:29 pm

:face:

WHY?!
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Crashguy66 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:29 pm

Broken stick leads to goal. Wow!
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby stonewizard51 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:29 pm

Are you friggin' kidding me ? Assist Sid's broken stick.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby ejd43 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:33 pm

Looks like we are flailing.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby Crashguy66 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:33 pm

Almost.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Nucks 11/22/17 (Game 23)

Postby BurghThing on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:36 pm

Again, 3 Pens crashing the net, will they shoot, or will they try a pretty pass?

Place your bets.
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