Penguins Report: Game Day at Dallas
Wednesday, 11.3.2010 / 10:45 AM ET / Penguins Report
By Jason Seidling
Game day final thoughts:
- Evgeni Malkin will shift from right wing to center against the Stars (11:39 AM and 2:44 PM)
- Pascal Dupuis and his wife, Carole-Lyne, welcomed a baby daughter today (2:16 PM)
- Malkin, Zbynek Michalek, Alex Goligoski and Kris Letang will all play on Wednesday (12:39 PM)
- Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma (1:28 PM)
3:00 PM (CENTRAL TIME):
Here are quotes from around the Penguins locker room:
On Dupuis not playing due to the birth of his daughter:
I think throughout the year we have all played with a bunch of different combinations, so I don’t think it should take too much of an adjustment. Obviously he has more important things to worry about. It’s pretty special and we are all happy for him. I’m sure he won’t be out too long and we’ll all have to play well in his absence.
On Malkin’s return:
It was a bit of a scare there when he had to leave the game against Philadelphia. It’s nice to have him back. We’ve kind of been battling (injuries) since the beginning of the season, so the more guys we have back the better.
On getting as many goal scoring chances as last season:
Yeah, I would say so. I think the main thing is to be opportunistic and make the most of the chances you get. As a whole I think I have gotten those chances.
On Brad Richards and knowing him for a long time:
He taught me at hockey school so I have known him for a really long time. He is a great player. He played junior where I played junior (in Rimouski). He’s a pretty complete player. He is a great playmaker and has a good shot.
On the wait to get back in:
It has felt like forever. I’m really excited to finally be healthy enough to play. It should be fun and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been skating a lot on my own and that’s not too much fun. I am excited to be back on the ice with the guys and to play in some games.
On how he can elevate the play of a defensive corps which has played well:
I think they did a really good job. Everyone played well and stepped up. I’m just going to try to play my game. I’m not going to change anything from what I am used to. It’s been a while so I am going to try to keep it simple for now. I will keep the shifts short and build my way back into the lineup.
On facing teams he is familiar with and that helping his return:
I hope so. I have played against these teams a lot the past couple years so I know the players more than the players from the East. That should help me and make it a little easier on me.
On getting shots on the power play:
Getting shots is something we focus on. We have been passing a little too much. That has been our problem when we don’t play too well. It’s tough to score when we aren’t putting pucks on net.
On being able to play after missing a couple practices:
Yes, I’m good to go.
On there being any doubt before the morning skate that he could play:
I felt good. I rested the past couple of days so I thought I would feel pretty good out there. It probably went better than I thought it would.
2:44 PM (CENTRAL TIME):
I just posted a story with quotes from Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma talking about the decision to shift Evgeni Malkin back to his natural center position. Give it a quick read to hear what the coaching staff was thinking as they contemplated the change.
2:16 PM (CENTRAL TIME):
We are pleased to welcome Lola Dupuis to the Penguins' family. Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis and his wife, Carole-Lyne, delivered the beautiful 5-pound, 8-ounce baby girl at 12:57 p.m. this afternoon. Congratulations to the Dupuis family!
1:28 PM (CENTRAL TIME):
Here is today's coachspeak with Dan Bylsma:
On Pascal Dupuis’ wife, Carole-Lyne, determining tonight’s lineup decisions:
I guess she did decide a little bit. Pascal left early this morning and made it home eight minutes before his baby daughter was born.
On (jokingly) getting him back for tonight:
Yeah, eight minutes before faceoff.
On reconfiguring lines as a result of Dupuis’ absence:
This wasn’t the first call I got on this road trip where we have been gone eight (days out) of 11. So at 4 a.m. in the morning I wasn’t surprised to get this phone call.
On dressing the defensemen being a game-by-game thing:
It could be a game-by-game thing. I think through 12 games, the players that will be playing tonight have done a pretty good job of establishing themselves as the top six. There are considerations given to the type of opponent and what kind of game we think we are going to have.
On playing seven D against the Stars:
I have considered it.
On Dallas’ balanced scoring and how well Brad Richards is playing:
For me, it’s almost as if we have to acquaint our players with some of their skilled players. We have played against Brad Richards and we heard that he is doing well. Some of their other forwards are players that we aren’t quite aware of what they can do and how they can be around the net with their scoring touch. There top two lines have a lot of guys who have scored and proven they can score and are having good years. We have to be aware of where they are strong and what they can do offensively and on the power play. That is a little bit of a challenge adjusting ourselves to what they can do.
12:39 PM (CENTRAL TIME):
I just got done talking to the Penguins in the locker room at American Airlines Center and the good news to report is that all four injured Penguins - forward Evgeni Malkin and defensemen Zbynek Michalek, Alex Goligoski and Kris Letang - are all expected to be in the lineup tonight against the Stars.
11:55 AM (CENTRAL TIME):
Here are some pictures from the Penguins morning skate:
Defenseman Zbynek Michalek (left) hopes to return to the lineup tonight against Dallas after missing the past nine games with an upper-body injury.
11:39 AM (CENTRAL TIME):
The Penguins have just started skating in their lines and we have some breaking news. Evgeni Malkin, who has spent the entire season playing right wing, practiced at center today for the first time during the regular season on a line with Matt Cooke at left wing and Tyler Kennedy on the right side. Here are the rest of the forward units used by head coach Dan Bylsma:
The seven defensemen all rotated.
11:37 AM (CENTRAL TIME):
Great news for the Penguins! Evgeni Malkin, Alex Goligoski and Kris Letang are all on the ice skating, making them good bets to be in the lineup tonight against the Stars. Head coach Dan Bylsma will confirm that for sure following the skate.
Evgeni Malkin (left); Kris Letang (right)
10:49 AM (CENTRAL TIME):
The Stars are currently on the ice at American Airlines Center going through their morning skate. Here are some pictures:
Kari Lehtonen (left) will make his 10th start of the season in goal for Dallas tonight, while Andrew Raycroft (right) is coming off of a 42-save shutout on Saturday.
9:45 AM (CENTRAL TIME):
As we sit in our hotel here in Dallas in preparation for this morning's game-day skate at American Airlines Center, we have very good news to report. Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis is on his way back to Pittsburgh (probably shaving off his moustache as he travels) to be with his wife, Carole-Lyne, who is heading into labor. This is a scenario we actually wrote about in yesterday's feature story.
This will be the Dupuis' fourth child. We want to wish Pascal and Carole-Lyne all the best as they welcome another member to the Dupuis gang.