Penguins notebook: Improvement sought on penalty kill
• The Penguins are satisfied with most aspects of their game. However, the penalty-killing unit has been adequate at best. They led the NHL in penalty killing during the 2010-11 season, but their current standing of 18th isn't sitting well. “I think it's been pretty inconsistent,” right wing Craig Adams said. “It started out pretty well, but then we ran into teams that traditionally give us problems. It hurt our numbers, and, to be honest, we just haven't found our groove yet.” The Penguins have plenty of excuses for their penalty-killing issues. In the past two offseasons, they have lost two of the league's premier penalty killers: Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke. Defenseman Rob Scuderi, among the league's finest penalty-killing blue-liners, broke his ankle. “We've just been out of sync a little bit here and there,” right wing Pascal Dupuis said. “And sometimes, that's all it takes to be in trouble.”
• Left wing Chris Kunitz is nursing an injury, given that Monday's “maintenance day” was followed by another missed day of practice. Kunitz made the trip to New York, and coach Dan Bylsma said that the left wing is “probable” to play against the Rangers. Bylsma also said if Kunitz is unable to play on Wednesday, the Penguins would not promote anyone from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
• Right wing James Neal skated before practice at Southpointe for a second straight day, but he hasn't yet resumed practicing with the team. … Left wing Beau Bennett practiced for a second straight day but isn't expected to play in New York.
•Penguins prospects Josh Archibald and Jake Guentzel were named their respective collegiate conference players of the week. Also, Penguins' 2012 first-round pick Derrick Pouliot was named to Team WHL for the Canada-Russia Subway Super Series.
— Josh Yohe
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