Good. Now if we can keep his ass healthy for longer than 2 weeks, that'll be great.
Notebook: Eaton might return this weekend
Friday, March 23, 2007
? Defenseman Mark Eaton, who's recovering from a knee sprain suffered on March 1 against the New York Rangers, said that he "optimistically" might be ready for one of the Penguins' two home games this weekend, either Saturday against the Atlanta Thrashers or Sunday's featured national game against the Boston Bruins. Eaton has been skating with the team for more than a week and said that if he's unable to play this weekend, he'll almost certainly be ready for Tuesday's game at the Washington Capitals. The 29-year-old defenseman led the team in blocked shots with 36 before he suffered a wrist injury on Nov. 4 at San Jose, and then recorded 33 more between his return on Jan. 26 at the Dallas Stars and March 1.
? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Sidney Crosby had 17 points in six games against the New York Islanders going into Thursday's game, with at least two points in each game (three goals, 14 assists). The only two players who have scored more than 17 points in one season against the Islanders are Mario Lemieux in 1988-89 (18 points in seven games) and Jaromir Jagr in 2005-06 (18 points in eight games).
? The Penguins scratched forwards Chris Thorburn, Ronald Petrovicky and Nils Ekman and defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski. The Islanders were without Chris Simon (suspended), Shawn Bates (hernia), Joel Bouchard (hamstring), Radek Martinek (leg) and Bruno Gervais (ankle).
? "I don't know; we'll see when that comes around." Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, laughing at a suggestion that he might try for a contract like Islanders' goalie Rick DiPietro's 15-year deal the next time he comes up for free agency.
- Games in which Evgeni Malkin has registered an assist (five total) for the only scoring streak on the team going into Thursday.