Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 1/22/14
Pittsburgh looks to rebound after their embarrassing loss to the Florida Panthers on Monday, Jan. 20. After a sloppy performance at home against the Florida Panthers.  Pittsburgh will look to rebound tonight, Jan. 22, against Montreal (27-17-5) on home ice.  Pittsburgh’s franchise-record 13-game home winning streak was snapped in the 5-1 loss on Monday, Jan. 20. Tonight, Pittsburgh will look to rebound against Montreal who is 4-4-2 in their last 10 games and is currently six points behind Boston in the Atlantic Division. Despite being 7-2-1 in their last 10, Pittsburgh players don’t seem to be happy with the production level. In a recent post game article from TribLive.com, who locally cover the Penguins post game, posted this: “In first of 10 games before the NHL’s three-week Olympic break, the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins looked “terrible,” said center Brandon Sutter.  Generally, Sutter said, the Penguins “are not doing what we’re supposed to be doing” — and coach Dan Bylsma agreed, insisting that has been the case since returning from the Christmas break. The Penguins are 7-2-1 over that stretch and have surrendered 32 goals.” Despite them winning, it is pretty sad to give up that many goals in that stretch. I personally believe that the Pittsburgh’s defense will step up their game.  They just got back defensemen Kris Letang and Paul Martin. It will take time to get on the same page with each other.  It is a good sign though for Pittsburgh to have all of these players keep returning to the line up. Beau Bennett and Brian Gibbons were seen skating Wednesday morning before tonight’s game against Montreal.  Bennett has been recovering and is still working on coming back from injury.  Hopefully the Olympic break will give him time to hone in on working on his game since he’s been out for so long. Goaltender Tomas Vokoun, skated this morning for the first time since September There is some more good news for Pittsburgh goaltender Tomas Vokoun was back on the ice, skating for the first time since having surgery for a blood clot Sept. 21. In all, Vokoun was on the ice for roughly 45 minutes.  Vokoun has been off blood thinners for a week. When his blood levels return to normal he will be able to start taking shots. There has been no timetable set for the next step.  This is excellent news for both Vokoun and the Penguins.  Earlier in the season Vokoun made mention that the blood clot in his leg and ‘nearly died’ because of it.  It’s good to see Vokoun on the ice.  Marc-Andre Fleury has stepped up to his own starting role and had an impressive season thus far.  Back up goaltender Jeff Zatkoff has also had a decent season backing up Fleury and stepping up for Vokoun.  There is no word yet if Vokoun will play this season. If that is the case, then Pittsburgh fans will hope for Fleury to play as well as he has been playing this season in the postseason. Pittsburgh has nine more games left before their two week Olympic break (including tonight’s game against Montreal).  In that time, head coach Dan Bylsma will be working with Team USA and those chosen to represent their own countries will be traveling to Sochi.  Pittsburgh’s players who were not chosen will have a break but should take the time to work on skills and develop them more. Pittsburgh doesn’t have to hit the panic button quiet yet.  They still are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.  However, they might they will have to work harder on defense and offense to keep up with some of the hot teams in the Western Conference. March 1st will be circled on every fan’s calender because that will be the first time that Pittsburgh faces one of the top teams in the NHL and in the Western Conference.  Pittsburgh faces the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stadium Series at Soldier Field.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ben McAdoo willing to give up play-calling duties

Dolphins suspend Lawrence Timmons indefinitely

Greg Olsen placed on IR, will miss at least eight weeks

Report: NFL official under investigation for domestic violence

Alvarez vs. Golovkin result gives boxing another black eye

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jerry Jones defends Elliott amid criticism over lack of effort

NFL monitoring CFL’s decision to end contact practices

RG3 fires back at Santana Moss over Mike Shanahan comments

Chris Long donating game checks to fund Charlottesville scholarships

WATCH: Tigers’ Jeff Ferrell responsive after taking 103-mph liner to head

College football's biggest winners and losers so far

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

The 'Kevin Durant has mad (Twitter) handles' quiz

Baseball's most underwhelming teams of 2017

The 'Remember the tight ends' quiz

Ranking the best college football fan bases

Getaway Day: Time runs short as postseason nears

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House sticks it to sports

The 'Not so elementary, my dear Watson' quiz

September chill hits Astros, Dodgers at worst time

College football 2017 Week 3 predictions

Three Up, Three Down: Cleveland hits historic heights while Cubs struggle

The 'Will the Indians ever lose again?' quiz

Penguins News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

Baseball's most underwhelming teams of 2017

The 'Kevin Durant has mad (Twitter) handles' quiz

Ranking the best college football fan bases

The 'Remember the tight ends' quiz

Getaway Day: Time runs short as postseason nears

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House sticks it to sports

The 'Not so elementary, my dear Watson' quiz

September chill hits Astros, Dodgers at worst time

Three Up, Three Down: Cleveland hits historic heights while Cubs struggle

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker