Penguins Report: Practice 10/10/10
Sunday, 10.10.2010 / 11:08 AM ET / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma....
On what he wants to see from Pascal Dupuis:
Better puck management, a little more speed and getting on pucks and creating things. Some of the details of what made him successful last year have not been there and he’s gotten away from that in his game.
On changing up the lines:
I think some players have played well and done some good things and, given that, they deserve the opportunity and vice versa. Some players haven’t done as well and were counted on in those situations. It’s not so much a shakeup in lines. Mark Letestu has done some good things and he’s done a good job in the middle there and he’s going to get a chance to do it with Evgeni Malkin.
On Letestu playing with Malkin:
The best asset (Letestu) brings is his smarts in playing the game. His goal is an example of detail and smarts, knowing the opposition and knowing what’s going to happen on the ice and getting an opportunity because of it. Then he has some pretty good skill to make plays and get a shot on. In the first game, he got a loose puck and hit the post, and he went backhand forehand and hit the post on a nice move. And last game, he wasn’t the only guy to get in the slot in the game, and he goes backhand forehand and scores five-hole. So he’s got some skills to go along with the real, smart, intuitive hockey knowledge and it’s putting him in good spots.
On the details of the game:
A big part of our game is the details of the game. And that can be anything from our stick and angling to positional details. Those details are extremely important and we count on every individual to do that. Over the course of a hockey game, there are thousands of details. If someone misses one, it doesn’t always end up in the net, but those details are big factors. Coming out of D-zone coverage (in Saturday’s game), we had an opportunity to do that, but we didn’t take it and they get the game-tying goal because of that. That’s something we pride ourselves on and it’s a big part of our game, but we weren’t able to do it (Saturday night).
On studying how New Jersey found success against the Penguins last year:
We did look at it from a couple different angles, and I think one thing was we felt like our emotional control and our ability to stay the course, in all the games, was a big factor leading to the outcome. Early on they got leads or a power-play goal and we did not react well. The last few games, the games were close and tight, but we weren’t able to keep our emotions in focus and it took us off our game for periods of times in those games. Special teams are a big factor in those games. I think they were 3 for 14 and we were 0 for 17 or something. That will be a factor for sure. Talking to Paul Martin, they didn’t do anything special against us, other than the fact that they know they are going to try to limit our chances and limit our opportunities and play a smothering game and frustrate us.
Assist: Tony Jovenitti
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was non-committal on Sunday morning when he was asked by reporters if there was a chance Brent Johnson could make the starti in goal against the Devils on Monday.
"That’s a game-decision on that one," Bylsma said.
- by Jason Seidling
Sidney Crosby (left)
Eric Tangradi and coach Dan Bylsma (left); Mike Rupp (right)
Mark Letestu (left); Crosby (right)
Pascal Dupuis (left)
The Penguins' Sunday practice at CONSOL Energy Center had a different look than usual. The team, which will fly today to New Jersey and take on the Devils Monday at the odd start time of 4 p.m., switched up their line combinations.
Pittsburgh's makeover looked like this: