Tom Renney said things had improved enough to describe Avery as day-to-day.
Brendan Shanahan, who sat out the Montreal game, didn't skate and won't dress tonight, but was optimistic that he would play against Buffalo on Wednesday. "It all feels a lot better, the hip, the knee, the hamstring," said Shanahan. "I'll skate tomorrow. But (tonight) it's better to just back off.
Renney expected the lines and defensive pairings to remain the same---"at least from the start."
Not getting behind early is a key because containing Crosby is a hard task for anybody, not to mention a linewith Orr and Holly on it. Hopefully the other lines will play like the other night against Montral. And team defense will be the key..
it will be interesting to see how much Renney matches - when in Vancouver, it wasn't Betts' line going against Naslund. When he doesn't get the last change (i.e., on the road) it appears as though he focuses less on matching and just sends them out.
Renney usually likes to match as much as possible though when playing Pitt. Especially considering that the 4th line has had some success in stopping Crosby. I don't know how they manage doing that, but for whatever reason it seems to work.
Just hopeful that they keep the defensive pairings and leave them alone for some time.