It Will Be A Reunion At PPG Paints Arena

Sprong And Pettersson Prepare To Face Their Former Teams

Eric Hagman
December 17, 2018 - 12:50 pm

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Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan) - Two weeks after the Penguins traded little-used winger Daniel Sprong to Anaheim for defenseman Marcus Pettersson, each player will get to face his former team Monday night at PPG Paints Arena.  

While Pettersson has shown to be a dependable player on the blue line--he has a +3 plus/minus with the Penguins--Sprong has regained his scoring touch in an expanded role.  After not scoring in 16 games for Pittsburgh, he has 3 goals in 5 games for the Ducks.

"When you get out there more, you're going to have more opportunities to shoot," Sprong said after skating Monday.  "If you ask any guy, if you play four or five minutes a night you can't really do much.  If you make one mistake, it's kind of a bad game because you don't have the opportunity to (avenge) that mistake.  It's tough to get in a rhythm."

Sprong played double-digit minutes in only 5 of his 16 games for the Penguins.  He's played between 13 1/2 and 16 1/2 minutes each game for the Ducks.  Is there any bitterness toward the Penguins?

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"No, not at all," Sprong said. "It's a business. Things didn't work out.  Those things happen.  I'm excited to be in Anaheim, and hopefully the good things continue."

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle referenced how Sprong was used by Mike Sullivan and his staff, saying today, "We're going to put him in a grouping of offensive players.  I don't think it would be fair to the player to put him into a fourth line role when he's provided offense at every other level than here (Pittsburgh)."

Pettersson had 0 goals and 6 assists in 27 games for Anaheim.  He has yet to register a point in 7 games for the Penguins, but Sullivan today called him "a real solid, two-way defenseman."  Pettersson said the Penguins style of play suits him.  He can't wait to face his former teammates.

"I'm looking forward to it a lot," he said.  "It's going to be a fun night."

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