Plenty of kind words coming from Jersey mouths on the eve of tonight's game;
"No question," Elias said after Tuesday's practice at South Mountain Arena. "For his size, he's got unbelievable hands. He has great hockey sense. I was playing with him and [Sykora] and every time the other team started getting more physical, he was right in there. He never backed off. That was a good sign for him. He has a great scoring touch. He's a great playmaker, a great skater. He's got talent." "He loves the game. You can see that in him," Elias said. "He's sometimes too hard on himself, but that's OK. Every good player does that. That pushes you, I think."
Of he and Crosby, "It's going to be exciting having those two players on that team," Elias said.
And Marty Brodeur says "He's just an exciting player who wants to be successful like Ovechkin," Brodeur said. "For a long time Russians had that perception that they just played to play. These guys want to be successful. I think he's going to be great."
By the way, gotta give a thumbs up to Home Ice, XM 204. They did a funny skit this afternoon on Malkin. The XM receiver showed "Welcome to Evgeni Malkin from XM 204". Then they had a woman speak some Russian and broken English, "Evgeni, shoot de puck, shoot de puck".
And finally, the expected finally happened today, as Malkin's Russian team filed suit in U.S. Court.
Should be an exciting night. May be a foolish thing for me to do, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and predict a win for the Pens tonight, yes even against Brodeur.