Hi there and happy St. Paddy's Day! Have a pint for breakfast.
Mike Johnston says he spoke to the team again about discipline issues and that no one other than the captain/alternate captains should have any business talking to the refs. Okey dokey, that's settled then. [PPG]
Steve Downie wows to be better with discipline. I bet it lasts two whole periods. Last 4 games, 36 minutes on ice, 30 minutes in the box. [Trib]
Kris Letang takes full responsibility for the actions that led to his ejection from Sunday's game. Letang has matured this year, but he needs to be one of the leadership core and lead by example. [Penguins.com]
Patric Hornqvist is expected to be out a week and won't go on the trip. The nature of his injury was undisclosed . [PPG]
Geno is out with a lower-body injury. Estimate is 7-14 days. He won't start the 3-game road trip, but the team says it's possible he may rejoin the team at some point during the trip. The math doesn't really add up but whatever. [ESPN]
Here's a peak inside the next episode of "In the Room", featuring the recent Aces and Ice charity casino thing. [Penguins.com]
Whatever the Bolts are doing against the Habs, it's working. With a win last night they moved to 4-0-0. That needs to be a playoff match-up. [NHL.com]
Weekend wrap from DGB, and he says don't poke Jumbo Joe. Couldn't agree more. [Grantland]
GMs will discuss 3-on-3 OT today, but yesterday was about goalie interference, embellishment, and emergency goalies. [NHL.com]
For the end here are two recommended articles on the Pens. First one is from Mike Colligan, who talks about issues with Derrick Pouliot and who might land McDavid. [Pensblog]
In the second one, Jim Rutherford is in Boca Raton and says, if healthy, Pens are ready and set for the playoffs. [NHL.com]
Well I'll drink to that. Slainte!