Penguins recall Ebbett after Goc injured vs. Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. — Center Marcel Goc did not accompany the Penguins to Raleigh because of a foot injury suffered against the Hurricanes on Friday.
Goc, the team’s fourth-line center, isn’t believed to have suffered a broken foot but the Penguins opted for the conservative approach of resting him for the remainder of the weekend. He was hit by a shot in the first period Friday.
His replacement in the lineup Saturday was NHL journeyman Andrew Ebbett.
The Penguins have received positive reports on Ebbett’s play in Wilkes-Barre, where he leads the Penguins’ AHL affiliate with 17 points in 17 games.
Ebbett, a veteran of 200 NHL games, scored eight goals in a season on two occasions, once with Minnesota and the other with Anaheim.
He has scored 94 career AHL goals, but Johnston is more excited about the defensive responsibility in Ebbett’s game.
“He’s played really well down there (in Wilkes-Barre),” coach Mike Johnston said. “He’s responsible. Very similar to Goc. He’s very responsible at both ends of the ice. He’s got experience at this level. It’s not going to be intimidating for him in any way. He’s going to fit in with our players. I think it’s going to be a very easy transition.”
Ebbett played on the fourth line with left wing Zach Sill and right wing Craig Adams.
Dealing with busy slate
The Penguins just completed their busiest stretch of the season — six games in nine days — and, perhaps in something that isn’t a coincidence, some of their most uninspired hockey of the season was on display during that time.
During such busy periods of the schedule, Johnston likes to change things up.
“There is no science to it,” he said. “It’s a feel. Sometimes you give a morning skate off. Sometimes you go with an extra day off. You change up your meetings, because those can become routine in a stretch like this. Changing meetings and how we address players on a daily basis helps.”
Adams gets closer
Right wing Craig Adams played in his 311th straight game. He is now only two games from breaking Ron Schock’s all-time Penguins record of 313.
Adams has produced one goal and two points this season while playing a pivotal role in one of the NHL’s best penalty-killing units.
Black, gold everywhere
Few road cities produce the number of Penguins fans who are evident in Raleigh. This was again the case, and perhaps more than usual, Saturday.
Hundreds of Penguins fans were tailgating outside of PNC Arena before the contest and thousands were visible and audible throughout the arena during the game.
Greiss gets another game
Backup goaltender Thomas Greiss received his fifth start of the season in Raleigh.
All five of his outings have come on the road.