Coaching staff exploring all options. Rotation changes in practice? Bylsma considering using Sykora in game 6? Read more for the latest
The Penguins went through a full squad practice Monday morning as the team prepares for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The most interesting thing to come out of today’s practice is that Dan Bylsma claimed the coaching staff is exploring all options and did not rule out any lineup changes.
Bylsma also indicated he won’t make any knee jerk reactions.
Boucher in, Gill out?,
The rotation in practice was basically the same as it’s been for games, but during a few situations on breakouts and D-Zone drills, the Penguins used these combinations.
Orpik – Gonchar
Scuderi – Letang
Eaton – Boucher
Gill – Goligoski
* Based on everything I was able to gather today, Boucher replacing Gill appears unlikely but it was interesting to see Bylsma go to these combinations near the end of those two drills.
Will be something to watch for in tomorrow’s morning skate but as of right now I’m hearing it’s unlikely.
Sykora speculation heating up
The possibility of Petr Sykora returning to the lineup is a hot topic right now. Based on practice, Bylsma was not tipping his hand today.
The top four lines were basically the same. Miroslav Satan has not been as productive as he was against Washington and Carolina and Craig Adams has struggled.
Sykora skated very hard in practice and took majority of shifts with Mike Zigomanis and Eric Godard.
With the Penguins going through a light workout, Bylsma was keeping any line changes that he is believed to be considering private but he did say he is considering changes up front.
The rumor going around has Bylsma sitting Craig Adams or Miroslav Satan for Sykora.