Free Preview: Want the latest Insider reports on the Penguins? Sign up today for an Inside Access Membership for only $19.99. I was told to watch Bill Thomas closely tonight. Thomas is pushing hard for a roster spot and the coaching staff likes what they have seen from him. Look for Thomas to see a lot of ice time tonight and to be used in different situations.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forwards Luca Caputi, Joe Haddad, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, Mark Letestu and defenseman Jonathan D’Aversa to Wilkes-Barre. Forwards Keven Veilleux, Casey Pierro-Zabotel and defenseman Alex Grant have been re-assigned to their junior teams. Penguins Lineup for Saturday Night’s Game Forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Janne Pesonen, Ryan Stone, Pascal Dupuis Kris Beech, Jeff Taffe, Miroslav Satan, Petr Sykora, Eric Godard and Bill Thomas; Defensemen Sergei Gonchar, Ben Lovejoy, Alex Goligoski, Brooks Orpik, Mark Eaton and Darryl Sydor; goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Dany Sabourin. Projected Lineup Dupuis – Crosby – Satan Staal – Malkin – Sykora Pesonen – Taffe – Thomas Stone – Beech – Godard D-Pairings Gonchar – Orpik Sydor – Goligoski Eaton – Lovejoy
White Team 2 ‚Äì Black Team 0 Rob Scuderi was not on the ice today. Minor injury White Team Lines Dupuis ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Fedotenko ‚Äì Talbot ‚Äì Cooke Caputi ‚Äì Beech ‚Äì Godard Minard ‚Äì Letestu ‚Äì Wallace D-Pairings Gonchar ‚Äì Orpik Sydor ‚Äì Goligoski Richmond ‚Äì Lovejoy Black Team Lines Staal ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì Sykora Pesonen ‚Äì Taffe ‚Äì Kennedy James ‚Äì Henrich ‚Äì Thomas Bissonnette ‚Äì Gove ‚Äì Boogaard D-Pairing Gill ‚Äì Kemp Eaton ‚Äì Letang Mormina ‚Äì Engellend Score sheet White Goal ‚Äì Ben LoveJoy (Assist to Luca Caputi) White Goal – Ruslan Fedotenko (assist to Matt Cooke and Max Talbot) Inside Analysis Today‚Äôs game saw a lot of scoring chances and solid goaltending. Marc Andre Fleury and Danny Sabourin performed well. Fleury made some big saves on Sidney Crosby and Luca Caputi.
The First practice session featured the Black team The team first worked on some 3-on-0‚Äôs to warm up the goalies The next drill was all about the forwards catching the puck off the boards. This is a good drill for wingers. Janne Pesonen showed some acceleration in this drill The next drill was very similar where the forward would catch a pass off the boards and go down the ice and pull-up and hit the trailer. Defenseman Kris Letang looked good in this drill. He has improved his shot compared to last year and his release is quicker. Jordan Staal was skating very well in today’s practice. He is shooting with confidence and has his head up the entire time. Last year he was shooting with his head down way too often and that‚Äôs what goalies want. What Staal needs to improve is catching a hard pass on his backhandRead More »
DePaoli’s Inside Report on the Penguins Black – White Scrimmage is posted. White Team Dupuis ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Fedotenko ‚Äì Talbot ‚Äì Cooke Stone ‚Äì Beech ‚Äì Godard Minard ‚Äì Jeffrey ‚Äì Wallace Gonchar ‚Äì Orpik Sydor ‚Äì Goligoski Lovejoy ‚Äì Richmond Black Team Staal ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì Sykora Pesonen ‚Äì Taffe ‚Äì Kennedy James ‚Äì Henrich ‚Äì Thomas Bissonnette ‚Äì Gove ‚Äì Filewich Eaton ‚Äì Letang Scuderi ‚Äì Gill Mormina ‚Äì Engellend
In-depth Analysis of the 1st session The first set of drills centered around some puck moving drills which went into 2-on-1‚Äôs with shots from the point. The skating ability of Ruslan Fedotenko was exceptional today. Fedotenko has started out camp on a line with Max Talbot and Matt Cooke. Fedotenko playing in a third line role is a perfect fit for him. Crosby was flying from the start. You could really tell he was working on his shot during the summer. He went hard in every drill.
Alex Goligoski, Kevin Veilleux and Casey-Pierro-Zabotel are drawing rave reviews from the Penguins prospect tournament. Aaron Boogaard appears to be following his brother footsteps and goes two-for-two against the Florida Panthers. Goaltender David Brown has a shaky outing and a young Penguins defenseman has a strong outing. DePaoli gives you the latest insight and more