Penguins – Tuesday: Dupuis see’s a “special group” inside the room right now

 

SOME PRACTICE NOTES & LOCKER ROOM REACTIONS *The Penguins were pegged by many as the Cup favorites last post-season, but this is such a different team from last year to personnel wise to even inside the room. Suddenly what you hear from scouts when discussing the Penguins is that “they’re big, physical and can beat you any way they want.” That’s one major difference from last years group as the Penguins are now built to wear down teams, which is pivotal to winning playoff hockey. Another thing that stands out is that for the first time in a couple years, you sense a championship feel about this group. I’m sure others who cover this team will also admit that there just wasn’t a championship feel inside the room last season. In acquiring Douglas Murray, Brenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla and signing Mark Eaton, the Penguins didn’t only just add some qualityRead More »

Off Day Report: Penguins hold optional skate

 

The Penguins held an optional skate this morning, coming off of their 3-2 OT win in Game 3. The Penguins avoided going down 3-0 and played their best game of the series and momentum could slightly be turning towards Pittsburgh. Following last night’s game, the line change of bumping up Max Talbot to the second line has been attributed to sparking Evgeni Malkin’s dominant game 3 performance. Talbot provided energy, and a physical presence in the corners which Malkin has lacked on his right side with Petr Sykora. Dan Bylsma has no plans to switch that line in game 4. “He has an energy and a physical presence on the offense and a forechecking presence and puck-retrieving presence that adds something to that line,” Bylsma said in his post-game comments on what Talbot adds to Malkin’s line. Only a handful of players skated this morning. Eric Godard, Philippe Boucher, PetrRead More »