Penguins show new power-play look
» A new power-play look was unveiled at practice Wednesday morning, though coach Dan Bylsma urged not to read too much into it. The look: Defenseman Kris Letang (right point), center Sidney Crosby (right half wall), forward Mike Comrie and left wing Eric Tangradi (down low), and forward Evgeni Malkin (left point). Defensemen Paul Martin and Alex Goligoski are likely to play Friday at Columbus, and they will get into the mix at the points.
» For the first hockey game at Consol Energy Center, Tangradi — a left wing and the top prospect in the organization — skated on a line with Comrie and Malkin, with the latter playing right wing. The top line, centered by Crosby, included left wing Brett Sterling and right wing Pascal Dupuis.
» Defenseman Brooks Orpik, who wore the "A" vacated by departed defenseman Sergei Gonchar, was paired with free-agent acquisition Zbynek Michalek. Bylsma said last week that players designated to serve as an alternate captain should be considered the candidates to replace Gonchar, who previously held that role for four-plus seasons.
» John Barbero, the Penguins' late public address announcer, was honored with a moment of silence before the national anthem. Barbero, famous regionally for his calls of goals — specifically those scored by former center Mario Lemieux — died in July of complications from a brain tumor.
» Center Jordan Staal was again re-evaluated by team physicians yesterday. He is expected to speak publicly today for the first time since undergoing a second surgery to correct an infection in his right foot last week. The Penguins project him to miss the first few weeks of the regular season.