Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

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Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Puck-Lurker on Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:03 pm

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Lines at Practice (per Twitter)
@pensinsidescoop
#Pens lines:

Guentzel-Crosby-Sheary
Rust-Malkin-Kessel
Simon-Sheahan-Hornqvist
Hagelin-Rowney-Reaves

Dumoulin-Letang
Maatta-Hunwick
Cole, Ruhwedel and Czuczman are rotating.

Murray is working in his usual net.

-MC


Quote Roundup: Pens vs Avs
Here's what the Pens were saying in the locker room heading into their game against Colorado…
https://www.nhl.com/penguins/news/quote ... -293898772

ON HAVING A BETTER START

Hornqvist: "I don't think it's hard to get a better start. We have to find a way to get four lines rolling right away and simplify our game. We've been saying this for 30 games here, but enough is enough. That's something we have to be better at and we will be better, too."

Maatta: "I don't think it's anything X's and O's. It's a mindset. We just have to be ready. The second and third period (against Toronto) we played pretty good, but it takes being three-goals down to get that effort level up. We have to make sure we have that right from the hop. "

ON THE AVALANCHE

Sullivan: "They're another team that has a lot of skill. They play a speed game, they've got a similar game to ours. They're a speed team, they have a lot of skill up front. It's one of those games where if we're careless with the puck or we don't take care of the puck, they're a team that can hurt you in transition. They've got some defensemen on the back end that help their transition game. I think that's the most dangerous aspect of their game. Once again, our team's biggest challenge is going to be our ability to manage the puck."

Maatta: "Lots of skill, really good offensively and lots of speed. It's going to be a huge challenge for us. The focus has to be on our game. We have to make sure we have a good start and play a full 60 minutes."

Rust: "They're a young team. They didn't really have a whole lot of expectations from the outside world, but within their room they probably had a lot of expectations. Anytime you get a team that's young and hungry, when they just try to work as hard as they can anything's possible. With them, they're riding a little bit of confidence. They're young and they're playing hard."

Hagelin: "They had a long summer, a lot of their guys are probably looking for a bounce-back season. They have a lot of young players that are enthusiastic for the moment and it's working out for them."

ON COLORADO'S FACEOFF STRUGGLES

Crosby: "I think it makes a big difference in the game. It's a stat that probably gets overlooked a lot. I think the benefit of being able to win those, maintain possession of the puck and start off the shift right is a big plus. Hopefully that's something we can continue to get better in, obviously it's always a key part of games."

Rowney: "I think as a centerman that's your job to win that faceoff. Anytime you can start off with the puck instead of chasing it, I think it's an advantage. I think it's something you have to focus on every game, but tonight we have to go out and take advantage."

ON FINISHING UP THEIR HOMESTAND

Crosby: "I think when you're on the road as much as we were, it's great to get home and you want to take advantage of those home games, especially when they're all clumped together like this, which is pretty rare for us. Usually we're one here, one somewhere else. I think it's something we want to build momentum with and we haven't been able to do it the way we've wanted to, but hopefully we can build off the last couple of periods against Toronto. We need more of that if we want success."

INJURY UPDATES…

Hornqvist, who left Saturday's game against Toronto after a puck deflected up and hit him in the helmet: "I got hit on the side of my head there and got a little pressure. Went in here and it hurt too bad to get back out there. Feel better today and hopefully I can play tonight. Everything was fine, we did all the protocols there and it was just the pain was a little too much to go back out there. I think it was a smart move and hopefully I can keep getting better here and play tonight."

Kuhnhackl, who left Thursday's game against NY Islanders after colliding with Reaves: "I feel alright. It was a big guy that I ran into. We'll see how it feels tonight. We'll see how it reacts. It just happens. It's a fast game, an intense game. The puck changes direction a lot of times. It's unfortunate but it just happens."


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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Humperdink on Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:03 pm

Just noticed on your intro this is game 32, nearly 40% of the season behind us. We have our work cut out for us. Tonight would be a good time to start.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Crashguy66 on Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:46 pm

I'll be happy tonight if:
1. They don't give up 2 goals in the first 5 minutes
2. Nobody puts one in their own net (ok for Avs)
3. They don't squander any 3rd period, multiple goal leads
4. Nobody gets injured
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Puck-Lurker on Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:46 pm

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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby DelPen on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:06 pm

$4 million for a 4th line penalty killing specialist. We’ve already established that Rust does everything Hagelin does but better and far cheaper, can we have the discussion of Archibald can probably do the same for even less too?

Hags for Brassard might be a trade both teams could benefit from as long as the Sens retain the difference.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby IC Light on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:07 pm

Please Santa, bring us a start we can be proud of
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby DelPen on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:10 pm

IC Light wrote:Please Santa, bring us a start we can be proud of

It settle for just not feeling shame and aim for a “meh”
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby IC Light on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:11 pm

DelPen wrote:
IC Light wrote:Please Santa, bring us a start we can be proud of

It settle for just not feeling shame and aim for a “meh”

Agreed. 0-0 after one would feel like a victory
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby stonewizard51 on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:15 pm

Crashguy66 wrote:I'll be happy tonight if:
1. They don't give up 2 goals in the first 5 minutes
2. Nobody puts one in their own net (ok for Avs)
3. They don't squander any 3rd period, multiple goal leads
4. Nobody gets injured


Got #1 in the bag
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Puck-Lurker on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:17 pm

We're not even looking bad...
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby DelPen on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:17 pm

**** Letang
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby IC Light on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:17 pm

Nice shot Letang....
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Crashguy66 on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:17 pm

1/4 of the way there
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Puck-Lurker on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:19 pm

Loads of shot attempts. Are we sure that's legal?
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Puck-Lurker on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:21 pm

Okay Matt.. you're off the hook for getting beat.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Southern Fan on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:22 pm

So after blowing icing calls on Saturday, the officials are going in the opposite direction and not call icing. Maatta should have got the call
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby IC Light on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:24 pm

BS whistle
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Crashguy66 on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:26 pm

Shoot the Danny puck 43!
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Crashguy66 on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:27 pm

Crashguy66 wrote:Shoot the Damn puck 43!
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Puck-Lurker on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:27 pm

Need to keep this up and not get more cases of the defensive dumbs.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby IC Light on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:29 pm

Crashguy66 wrote:
Crashguy66 wrote:Shoot the Damn puck 43!

First version was funnier!
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Puck-Lurker on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:29 pm

Refs forgot their Avs jerseys
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Crashguy66 on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:29 pm

I know.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby BurghThing on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:30 pm

This ref is a frigging joke, I'm surprised he doesn't just blow it dead when it comes into Colorado's zone.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens vs Avs 12/11/17 (Game 32)

Postby Crashguy66 on Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:32 pm

Bourque blames the AVs black pants.
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