Penguins notebook: Letang: Simple is better on power play
The Penguins' top power play practiced for about 20 minutes at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday.
Much like the previous evening, it failed to produce a goal.
The player coach Dan Bylsma referred to as the unit's “quarterback” wants to see progress.
“The results obviously aren't there right now,” defenseman Kris Letang said.
“To me, it's a question of shooting the puck,” Letang said. “We have to simplify things. We're trying to make the perfect plays, trying to set up all these plays and making these saucer passes. We need to simplify right now. Shoot the puck and crash the net.”
Bylsma tinkered with the power play during practice.
Letang played almost exclusively at the left point, and center Evgeni Malkin was at the right point. Right wing James Neal, left wing Chris Kunitz and center Sidney Crosby played down low, with Crosby rotating between the right and left circle. Neal had been working at the point through the season's first six games.
Jeffrey sticking with Malkin line
Bylsma seems to be intent on giving left wing Dustin Jeffrey an opportunity on Malkin's line. Jeffrey again skated with Malkin and Neal during practice.
The previous two wingers on that line apparently have been demoted.
Right wing Tyler Kennedy was on the fourth line with center Joe Vitale and winger Craig Adams.
Islanders right wing Colin McDonald, who played five games with the Penguins last season, was suspended two games for Tuesday's hit from behind on defenseman Ben Lovejoy, who left the game in the second period but returned for the third.
Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @JoshYohe_Trib.
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