Despite losing game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final to the Ottawa Senators last night, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan is wasting no time in preparing his team for a do-or-die game 7 on home ice this Thursday evening.
No doubt that when the puck drops at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh for game 7, Sullivan will have his players ready to go. And, if you’re an optimist, there’s a chance the Penguins will FINALLY get some help in the form of injury relief. When asked if two key injured players, Patric Hornqvist and Justin Schultz, might be available for Thursday’s game, Sullivan replied, “it’s reasonable”. Alright! So you’re telling me there’s a chance?!
If you’ll excuse the enthusiasm for what seemingly amounts to an innocuous statement from the head coach, the Penguins have been ravaged by injury so severely that any good news on the injury front is cause for celebration. Whether or not Hornqvist and Schultz are ready to go remains to be seen, it’s likely that both players would be ruled a game time decision. But, whatever the case, it’s finally nice to hear some good news on the injury front for the Pens this postseason.