Pens' lines don't figure to change
By The Tribune-Review
Saturday, April 14, 2007
All indications are that coach Michel Therrien plans to stick with the same lines and defensive pairings for today's Game 2 against the Ottawa Senators that he used in Game 1's 6-3 loss. But not everything will be the same, as the Penguins try to even the series going back to Pittsburgh.
"We try to make adjustments for every game, and we're going to make adjustments for (today), there's no doubt," Therrien said Friday. "I'm not going to tell the adjustments we're going to do."
Therrien said they have a plan regarding changing their lines, however.
"You go with a strategy. Sometimes you've got to change quick, especially with a young team, because with a young team, you try to use as much as you can the players who are on top of their game. Put them together. In a perfect world, you have 12 forwards and six defensemen playing at the top of their game. When you have a young team, it doesn't happen all the time. This is where you have to coach; this is where you have to make decisions. You have to find a way to win games. You can't be stubborn."
? Could it be that the extra day off between games because of an Il Divo concert at Scotiabank Place will prove beneficial for the Penguins? Unlike Thursday's more serious practice, the Penguins players seemed more their usual fun-loving selves yesterday at the Senators' practice rink.
"(Thursday), we were focused and just made sure we came and had a good, solid practice and made sure we refocused," Sidney Crosby said. "(Yesterday) was the same thing, but it was probably a little bit more loose just because we worked hard (Thursday). Everybody's looking forward to playing Game 2 and getting rolling again."
? NBC Sports is using today's Penguins-Senators game to kick off its 2007 playoff coverage, preceded by a half-hour preview show beginning at 2:30 p.m.
- Power-play goals scored against the Senators in four regular-season games this year.
- Power-play goals scored against the Senators in Game 1.
- Shorthanded goals scored against the Senators in the regular season.