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Friday Practice Report: Asham remains off the ice
Friday Practice Report
Coming off last night’s 3-2 loss, the Pittsburgh Penguins are back on the ice this morning as the team prepares for the Montreal Canadiens Saturday nght.
There are no changes to the top-4 lines
Winger Arron Asham is not skating today and will likely remain out of the lineup Saturday night.
Goaltender Patrick Killeen was officially re-assigned back to Wheeling this morning.
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Tangradi – Comrie – Malkin
Cooke – Letestu – Kennedy
Rupp – Talbot – Adams
Front Net Presence/Center Drive
Getting traffic to the net has been a priority for the Penguins coaching staff and during the 1st half of practice, the Penguins focus was on a front net presence and their center drive.
The team spent a good 15 minutes of one drill getting pucks to the net from the point with a player in front causing a screen/redeflections.
The team then went immediately to 3-on-2 rushes with a backchecker where the focus was on the Penguins “center drive”.
Deryk Engelland opened up practice with Alex Goligoski as the third pairing but as practice progressed Ben Lovejoy worked his way into the rotation.
The top-2 pairings remained the same with Orpik – Michalek, Martin-Letang.