Penguins Report: Oct. 27
Tuesday, 10.27.2009 / 11:36 AM ET / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan
Here are some comments by Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma following Tuesday's practice regarding the Montreal Canadiens:
On Montreal game:
They’ve changed a lot, both personnel and coaching staff. I’ve had the time to watch the past two games. They have a group of three forwards that poses a big problem. Then they have a group of guys that are real hard working and grind you down, get to the net, make it difficult on your defensemen. We certainly have some things to be aware of. It’s almost a new team. It’s not the old team we’ve faced before. We’ll certainly look at those things. Their power play is a different look as well, given the fact that they have the new personnel there. We’ll certainly address some of that in practice today and tomorrow morning in the scout.
On Montreal goaltending:
We’ve actually been talking about both their goaltenders the last two days and what they pose, the problems they pose, the issues they pose. They’ve been playing real well. We think we can focus on getting pucks to the net and off the pads with rebounds and guys going there. Those are areas where a lot of the goals that have gone in against (Jaroslav Halak). It’s an area we’ll focus on tomorrow trying to get to.
And of course, there is Sidney Crosby's daily media scrum:
On a Godard-Laraque rematch:
I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Godsy (Eric Godard) that one. I guess I don’t want to be predicting anything because I wouldn’t want to be the guy having to fight Georges. If Godsy decides he wants to go, then great. We don’t need to see that, but if it happens we’ll be cheering him on.
On the changes made by Montreal:
They are a speedy team. They generate a lot of (team speed), especially up front. For us, we are going to try to control the puck and have that puck-possession game we pride ourselves on. By making smart decisions we can kind of eliminate their forecheck a little bit and keep the puck out of the offensive zone. If we do that we give ourselves a better chance.
Montreal native Kris Letang spoke about facing his hometown Canadiens:
They look really good. They have changed their whole team and they look like a really fast team. They have really skilled forwards. Defensively they lost (Andrei) Markov but they are still really good. It’s going to be a really good game and a great pace.
On the challenge of handling the speed of their smaller players:
It’s tough to handle the speed of a little guy – I am small too so I can’t say anything about their size – they are fast, quick and very skilled. They have little spots on the ice they can just jump into.
The Penguins host the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 28 at Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m. On that date, 17 years ago, Penguins forward Bill Guerin netted his first career NHL goal.
"I remember playing on the fourth line with Jarrod Skalde and Troy Mallette," Guerin said. "I think Eric Weinrich turned the puck over for Hartford and I turned around, had a clear shot at the net, took it and it kind of snuck through. It was against Frank Pietrangelo."
Practice pictures. Enjoy.
Left Kris Letang shows off his new haircut; right Sergei Gonchar and head coach Dan Bylsma participate in a drill
Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, who missed Monday's practice with an illness, is not on the ice for the Penguins at Tuesday's practice. Forward Chris Bourque has filled in for Dupuis alongside Evgeni Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko.
The Penguins announced today that Sidney Crosby will carry the Olympic Torch through his native Nova Scotia.