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Players ready for hockey at Heinz Field

Heinz Field looks nothing like it did when the Steelers last played there in the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Miami Dolphins in January.

Heinz Field prepares for the NHL Stadium Series.

The 50-yard line has been replaced by center ice, as hockey is coming to Heinz Field on Saturday night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL's Stadium Series, and the transformation from football to hockey is almost complete.

On Wednesday afternoon Arthur Moats and Penguins Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary, who are both injured, were at Heinz Field to share their enthusiasm for having the outdoor game at the home of the Steelers.

"I got to experience a football game from the crowd and the stadium looks a lot bigger from down here," said Sheary. "It's cool to see."

Moats, who is a huge Penguins fan and will be at the game on Saturday night, loves the two sports coming together at Heinz Field and was surprised with what he saw of the transformation from football to hockey.

"It's good to see the Pens out here at Heinz Field," said Moats, who said Le'Veon Bell would be best suited for being a first-line winger for Sidney Crosby. "Any time you come to Pittsburgh you understand it's a huge sports town.

"It's a shock, especially when you look at how much extra space it is from the hockey arena to the actual sidelines. When I come to the arena, the rink looks massive. That is because the seats are down there. When you come out here it's not that big at all."

Moats joked that he has great hockey skills, joking being the key word. But he did say that he would love to see William Gay in goal.

"I am putting him at goalie. He is intimidating. He doesn't even need a mask. He can go out there with no mask, no stick. As soon as he growls, nobody is going to shoot on him. They are going to turn around and go the other way."

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