Q.        Joel,  the snow is starting to fly outside, so how many layers
and how much are you getting ready for this one tonight now?


        JOEL  QUENNEVILLE:   I've  got  one extra layer, and we'll see how it
plays  out,  but  we anticipate a lot of heat by the bench.  Hopefully that
works  out  all right.  What a great setting to see the snow fall.  I think
it adds more excitement to the game, for sure.



        Q.   How  do  you  expect  that to play out in the ice conditions and
getting guys in line?


        JOEL  QUENNEVILLE:   Yeah,  I  think  just basically, let's simplify.
Keep   it   simple,   moving   the   puck   ahead,   put  it  at  the  net.
Unpredictability,  probably,  the  likelihood  it  bounces off the boards a
little  bit  different  here.   We  anticipate  the conditions might not be
great,  but  I think putting pucks at the net, you never know, you get some
favorable bounces and find a way to get there as well.



        Q.   Having this right after the Olympic break, what is your sense of
the  players'  enthusiasm  and energy coming into this?  Is it a good thing
having  it  right away or the guys coming back or is it almost a burden for
them?
       

JOEL  QUENNEVILLE:   It's  definitely not a burden.  It's an exciting
day,  a  great  opportunity,  and  a privilege to play in these games.  The
memories  afterwards  will be one game you'll never forget.  It has a great
set-up  and  great  match-up  and a couple really good teams and some great
players as well.  So I think it's been targeted since the start of the year
and let's go.



        Q.   You  talked about the last game, you guys haven't been scoring a
lot,  but haven't been giving up much either.  Kris Versteeg said he felt a
lot  better coming out of the break.  Where do you keep him the last couple
days in practice, and where is he coming along?


        JOEL  QUENNEVILLE:   I  thought  he  skated the best he has in a long
time.   I  thought  that  last  trip  there, he had a couple of really good
games.   Had  a good game there in New York.  Didn't have the production to
prove  it,  but  certainly get him going offensively, and he can really add
dimension to our team.  I think he's been fine for us to date.

        But  I  think  he's  got  some  ability  to  make  high-end plays and
complement  some of our players around here.  Just add him to the offensive
group  we  have it can really ignite our offense, and right now, coming off
two light games production-wise, we could use some offense and hopefully he
can add it.


        Q.   Are  you  interested  in  seeing  how  the  guys  handle  Crosby
defensively?   They  haven't  had  that opportunity in all the head-to-head
games in the past.


        JOEL  QUENNEVILLE:  We'll see, I know when you're playing against top
players, all the guys on the ice have to be aware of where he's at and what
he's capable of and try to make them play in their own end as best you can.
Deny  them a lot of pace.  They're a rush team.  One-on-one he's one of the
best  in  the  game,  so  let's  try  to  get a tight gap on him and try to
eliminate him from getting the puck.  But I think minimizing the quality or
quantity  of  these  chances are something you try to do, not just with one
guy, but everybody on the ice.


        Q.   Joel,  does  the fact that you're playing such a strong opponent
help take the focus away from the spectacle of the event and on to the fact
that it's a hockey game?


        JOEL  QUENNEVILLE:   I  think  that's  a  good  point knowing that we
haven't  seen  Pittsburgh  all year.  You look at the standings and look at
the importance of the game and how you measure up against one of the better
teams  in  the  league, and you get to see how some of the top players fare
against one another as well.
        So  there  is  a  lot  to  look  at  the  game.  We're in the winning
business,  so  I  think that's what it's all about going into today's game.
There  is  a  lot  of other things you can measure, but at the end of it, I
think  everybody wants the two points badly, and I think that's what adds a
little bit to tonight's game.



        Q.   If  it  keeps  snowing  the way it is right now, how much do you
anticipate  that affecting the play of the game and maybe how simple do you
have to be when it's covered in snow?


        JOEL  QUENNEVILLE:  Tough to forecast that.  I think that when you're
out  there  playing, whether it slows the game up or adds a little bit more
unpredictability,  I  think  more unpredictability in the game creates some
excitement.   It  could  create more scoring chances depending on how teams
play  it out.  But advancing of the puck at the net is probably going to be
the best way to talk about simplification.


        Q.  Were you surprised by Keith's energy level the other night coming
out  of the Olympics?  Or are you past being surprised by what he can do in
terms of energy?


        JOEL  QUENNEVILLE:   No, I thought he had a really good game, had the
puck  a  lot.  Made some nice moves and defended really well.  Was involved
in  our  attack,  and, you know, that was his first day on the ice with us,
that  morning skate.  But I thought he came back really strong and he's had
a real strong season to date as well.
        So,  like  you  said, nothing really surprises you much about Duncan.
But  I  like  the  way  he  came  back focused and didn't play it like just
another game.



        Q.  (Inaudible re: Peter Regin)
        I  like  his  game. Offensively, nice to see him score.  I think he's
going  to  add dimension to our team down the middle with some depth, and I
think  he's  got  patience  and  play  recognition  as  well,  and  I think
defensively  he's  a  reliable  guy.  So nice to see him go on and get more
time with our team and get more familiar with him as well.

        Q.  Is it Crawford tonight?
        JOEL QUENNEVILLE:  Yes.


        Q.   Other  than  the  obvious  that  there  are high-end world class
players,  their  power  play is No. 1 in the league, what makes their power
play so good?


        JOEL  QUENNEVILLE:   Well,  the  personnel  on  it really complements
success  knowing  that  their  play  recognition,  patience  with the puck,
movements,  a  lot  of  different  looks  and  a  lot of different set-ups,
entries,  in  zone,  not  afraid to shoot it as well, but I just think that
staying  out  of  the  box  is  something that we're going to overemphasize
either  this  morning  or  going  into the game or after every period.  But
they've  got  some  of  the  best  personnel  on the ice, and they play the
majority  of  the  penalty, so let's make sure that it's going to be a good
penalty.


        Q.   Getting  back to Regin really quick.  What is it about this team
and  the  system that you have that allows guys to come off lesser roles on
lesser  teams  and step into a big role on this team?  It's happened in the
past:   Why  do  guys  seem  to be able to step up on this team into bigger
roles?


        JOEL  QUENNEVILLE:   I  think  over time you get a good assessment of
exactly  the  right fit.  We don't mind trying things initially.  You get a
better  indication  of where the opportunity is and see how he does in that
slot  or  that  slot.   So  hopefully things can work out with time.  But I
think  a  lot  of people have played in that role or that position over the
last  few  years,  and  I think that whether it's a moving target or not, I
still think that we've still got a lot at that position, whether it's Kris,
Shaw,  Handzus,  Regin,  Pirri,  I  think  everybody's  done a nice job and
they've  got  a  chance  to  play  with Kaner, and that really enhances the
upside offensively of that line.