Penguins notebook: Bylsma identifies penalty-kill issues
By Josh Yohe
Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013, 9:36 p.m.
• The Penguins are on a roll these days, but one facet of their game remains a problem: Penalty killing. Coach Dan Bylsma has identified a couple of areas of concern with that unit. Perhaps the biggest problem in recent games has been an inability to win faceoffs. “We have lost a lot of faceoffs,” Bylsma said. “That has led to zone time.” Time, incidentally, is the other issue. The Penguins have always subscribed to a Bylsma adage that aggressiveness in the first 8 seconds of an opponent's power play is beneficial. “Getting clears in the first 8 seconds,” Bylsma responded when asked about the biggest problems on the penalty killing unit. “Being aggressive and getting the puck down the ice. We've failed a lot of clearing attempts, too. That leads to zone time against dangerous power plays. We've got to be better.”
• With center Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup because of an upper-body injury, center Dustin Jeffrey was inserted into his spot on the second line. He played between wingers James Neal and Beau Bennett. Bylsma tinkered with third-line center Brandon Sutter moving up to the second line when Malkin missed four games with a concussion earlier this season, but opted to keep the first, third and fourth lines intact.
• The Penguins removed much of the beef from their lineup against the Islanders by making defensemen Deryk Engelland and Robert Bortuzzo healthy scratches. It marked the first time this season that Engelland has been a healthy scratch. Defenseman Mark Eaton returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Toronto.
— Josh Yohe
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’ Bylsma wants Cup version of Letang
- Orpik: Penguins must keep their cool
- Rossi: Pens sticking to power-play plan
- Blue Jackets goalie Bobrovsky turns page, focuses on Game 2
- Pens insider: Penalty killing a concern in Stanley Cup playoffs
- Penguins notebook: Third line has right mix
- Penguins notebook: Vokoun remains behind Zatkoff on goalie depth chart
- Penguins fall to Senators in shootout in regular-season finale
- Blue Jackets resemble Penguins, their 1st-round playoff foe
- Penguins need several players to step up during playoffs
- Penguins notebook: Team calls for playoff `gold-out’ in Game 1