Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Chicago
Saturday, 12.5.2009 / 12:15 PM ET / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan
Here is Dan Bylsma's media session following Saturday's morning skate.
On making decisions on the fly regarding injuries:
That’s why they have coaches I guess. We’ll be able to make do.
On who will fill in at forward against Chicago:
We haven’t made a decision on what we’re going to do for tonight. There are several options. We’ll wait and see.
On team injuries:
If you look around the league it seems like everybody’s situation at different times has been difficult. We’re just focused on our own. Tonight we have to make another adjustment. That’s something we’re ready to do. We have options. We have guys that have proven they can come in and play. In the next hour or so we’ll make a decision on who we’re going to call up.
On Crosby’s groin injury:
It’s not something we weren’t aware of prior to this morning. But given the fact that it may not have progressed, not gotten a lot better from the previous days, he has a great understanding of where his body’s at and what he should or shouldn’t do. At this point we don’t want to play one game and lose three, four or five with an injury like that. I think this is the best thing for Sid, to not play in this game tonight.
On Kris Letang:
Kris Letang, we’re preparing to have him play tonight.
On the Chicago Blackhawks:
We don’t see them a lot live. But on tape, when you watch them play, or watch them on TV, they have the ability to be dangerous 1-on-1. They’re last game, four or five times they went around the Predator defenders. They have that dangerous ability. They make a long play coming out of the D-zone and a neutral-zone transition that gives their players and chance to go 1-on-1 a lot. They have that speed and skill that’s very dangerous, but they also, in the offensive zone their D are active. They really can put a lot of pressure on you with their skill. In the offensive zone they have net-front presence with (Dustin) Byfuglien and other guys that are going to be in and around the net. They’re a dangerous team. In some ways they remind me a lot of what our team looks like to other coaches and other teams.
On success against Marian Hossa:
I think it gives our defenders confidence in knowing they can play him. They can put him into areas where it’s less likely he’s going to do some damage. Even last year in the playoffs when we did do a good job on him there were always those moments where the puck was on his stick and he had a shot through a defenseman or from the dot area that you thought had a chance to go in. He’s always that dangerous player, but the confidence of having played him and having done a good job against him and having kept him off the scoresheet, it’s always something that you can draw upon going into the game. Confidence to do it is a big factor in that.
On excitement of play Chicago:
We don’t play this team very often. They’re one of the best in the Western Conference. The players they have and the notoriety that their players have in the highlights and around the league, the face of the league as much as anybody, this is our one chance to see them live, see them in action and also to see one of the best teams in the West. It adds a little bit of jump and excitement to the game going into tonight.
Assist Tom Mast
Morning skate shots:
Bill Guerin (left) flashes his toothless grin; Meanwhile Matt Cooke (right) gets back in the lineup after sitting out the last two with a suspension.