PITTSBURGH – Just six times following being traded for and rushed by police escort to PPG Paints Arena, Jared McCann and Nick Bjugstad return to Florida tonight for a reunion with old teammates.
“Obviously I know every participant down there quite effectively,” Bjugstad reported. “Just have exciting with it. I’ve by no means been on that facet of the bench just before. (I have to) just do my beset and hopefully we get the get tonight.”
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If line combinations at yesterday’s apply ended up any indication, Mike Sullivan has observed adequate and will location Bjugstad together with Sidney Crosby on the to start with line.
“He’s completed it in Florida the very last few a long time,” Sullivan reported. “He’s scored anywhere from 17 to 26 targets and 50 factors.”
Sullivan is no stranger to shaking factors up when it will come to line combinations particularly for a team which is misplaced six of it is very last 9 games.
“This team is capable of a lot more,” Sullivan reported. “We’re going to continue on to consider and uncover means to be proactive to consider to get this team taking part in at the degree that we consider it is capable of on a reliable basis.”
Tonight will also be the to start with time the Penguins encounter former teammates Riley Sheahan and Derick Brassard. Equally obtained very last yr and neither flourished in Pittsburgh but are hoping to uncover stronger footing with the Florida Pantherse.
“I really feel like I can be myself right here,” Brassard reported this morning. “I do not consider it was the suitable suit for me there (Pittsburgh). Now I’m striving to transfer on and I’m really excited to be right here (Florida).
When Sidney Crosby techniques on the ice tonight, he’ll tie Mario Lemieux’s team report of 915 career games played.
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