Bylsma’s Media Session
***Here are some notes from Dan Bylsma’s media session following today’s morning skate, plus full audio of Bylsma’s media session. Click the “Bylsma Audio” link at the end of the article, to listen to Bylsma’s media session.***
*After being shutout by the New Jersey Devils, Bylsma will go with the same four lines tonight but said Dustin Jeffrey could get some looks with the top line of Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis.
However, Mark Letestu is expected to get the bulk of playing time with Kunitz and Dupuis.
*Jordan Staal figures to matchup against Eric Staal tonight, Bylsma hinted.
*Bylsma had high praise for winger Chris Conner and Bylsma admitted that Conner in reality didn’t get a fair opportunity in training camp due to many factors including contracts and the strong play of Mike Comrie and Mark Letestu in camp.
*The fight for a playoff spot has started for the Carolina Hurricanes who are two points out of a playoff spot. Pittsburgh should expect a tough battle tonight.
*A player to watch tonight is rookie Jeff Skinner who Bylsma calls one of the most dangerous rookies he’s seen in some time.
*Bylsma was asked for his prediction on the Steelers game tomorrow night and Bylsma said that special teams will be the key to Pittsburgh winning tomorrow and that Big Ben will be the difference in the end for Pittsburgh. Bylsma didn’t pull a Bill Cowher and predicted a Steelers win.