The training camps of the teams of the national hockey League (NHL) are not yet started, but all the players of the Penguins are now in Pittsburgh.
Opponents of the Montreal canadiens in the qualification round for the playoffs, the “Pens” seem to take the situation seriously, judging by the statements of their head coach Mike Sullivan, who has participated in a videoconference with the media on Wednesday.
“To my knowledge, all the world is in Pittsburgh currently. The last player arrived was Patric Hornqvist. He shall submit to the protocol of quarantine and tests imposed by the NHL. Now, our entire group of players is there,” said the driver through remarks made on the Twitter account of the club.
Also, as of Monday, more than two dozen door-colors of the training had benefited from phase 2 of the recovery plan of the activities of the league to train in small groups in the facilities of the Penguins. This included Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kristopher Letang, and Jake Guentzel. However, preparation is only starting and it will involve all members of the organization.
“From a mental point of view, there are significant challenges to overcome. Our staff instructors will need to discuss with the players, even if it is already started. It will be necessary to provide simulations of the game so that they would feel the same things as a day of encounter,” explained Sullivan.
Intensity at its peak
Even if they are established favorites to defeat the Habs, the Penguins take nothing lightly. They know that the intensity of the parties will be high when you return to the action.
“There’s a lot being at stake. The desire and motivation to win the Stanley cup will force players to quickly make adjustments. I can assure you: the competition will be fierce,” predicted Sullivan, who says he is however confident with his group, having lived in a playoff.
“Count on this bag, and the leadership that we have is priceless. These guys have gone through a lot of stuff during their careers and can benefit from it. They see it as an opportunity that presents itself to us.”
In another order of ideas, the head coach expects to see his assistant Jacques Martin, 67 years, resume the job from the beginning of the camp.
“He feels comfortable and wants to participate fully.”