Penguins notebook: Bylsma says Despres' play Saturday 'real good'
If positive reviews count for anything, rookie defenseman Simon Despres can count on playing against Tampa Bay on Monday night.
After missing two games as a healthy scratch, Despres played at Montreal on Saturday and recorded an assist and plus-2 rating.
“Real good, maybe his best game,” coach Dan Bylsma said Sunday after a practice at Southpointe Iceoplex.
“You saw it in every area of his game. Defending, his ability to get out of trouble after breaking up a play, move the puck — he did all those things on the last play, (center Brandon Sutter's winning) goal. The consistency in his game is where he can improve. But certainly he played a pretty good game (Saturday) night.”
• Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is likely to start against Tampa Bay. Fleury didn't play at Montreal — about an hour by car from his hometown of Sorel, Quebec — on Saturday, a decision that still did not sit well with him a day later. Bylsma described Fleury's play of late as “excellent” after a practice Sunday. Bylsma also reiterated that Tomas Vokoun, the No. 2 goalie, had been scheduled to play against the Canadiens for “a couple of weeks.”
• The Lightning practiced after the Penguins on Sunday, and left winger Ryan Malone looked strong. Malone, an Upper St. Clair native whose Penguins tenure ended in June 2008, has not played since Feb. 7, because of a lower-body injury. He is unlikely to play against the Penguins but should return this week.
• Sami Salo, who Lightning coach Guy Boucher described as “probably our best defenseman,” should play against the Penguins, Boucher said. He has not played since Tuesday, also because of a lower-body injury.
• Lightning center Steven Stamkos began Sunday second in the NHL with 32 points. He said he had never heard of Mario Lemieux's philosophy during the Penguins' majority co-owner's playing days — that the Art Ross Trophy means more than the Hart Memorial Trophy because members of the media don't vote on scoring championships. “I don't think I'm in a position to say something like that,” Stamkos said after laughing.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins rally in wake of Dupuis injury
- Fleury’s demeanor helps keep Penguins loose, him playing his best
- Penguins make moves in advance of roster deadline
- With a few older players on roster, Penguins hope to get better with age
- Penguins notebook: Farnham relishes making opening-night roster
- Penguins notebook: Dupuis ruled out of season opener
- Penguins at a glance entering 2015-16 season
- Penguins star Crosby finding chemistry with new teammate Kessel
- Rookie Sprong OK after injury scare in Penguins’ preseason finale
- Penguins’ prospects could hinge on health of Letang, Maatta