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Penguins Report: Practice 10/14/10

Thursday, 10.14.2010 / 11:37 AM / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan|PIT|home

Michalek, Orpik and Asham injury updates at 1:09 PM entry...

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1:28 PM:
Coach Bylsma also said that goaltender Brent Johnson will get the start in net for Pittsburgh Friday night against the Islanders.
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1:27 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma...

On Michalekís injury:
I was hoping for him to play last game, but thatís a situation where you have to wait to even have your muscles calm down to get evaluated. It could be anywhere, so itís relatively good news, in terms of the length of time of what heís dealing with.

On Deryk Engelland:
You have to bring your game to the table. Everyone has to do that, and Deryk has proved what he can be. Heís been physical in the games he played against other teamsí skill guys. He was hitting Kovalchuk and Parise in New Jersey. And he added that aspect to our game last night, in a game where, as a first year guy, he took it upon himself to give our team a spark. He did it with a guy whoís a pretty tough customer. You have to wonder why he fighting him a little bit. Iíve seen Deryk and heís really tough, and that definitely added a spark to our bench and it got the crowd back into it.

On what he wants to see different from his team:
You have to go with the process and figure out how youíre going to be a good team, and you have to have different aspects of a good team. Those arenít secrets, having good special teams, good goaltending, good defense. A team that makes plays has to play a certain way and have players on the same page. You have to have players playing certain roles and doing certain things. We were very good in the preseason and we saw those things, but the regular season is a different story and we know that. But we canít add those things up. Weíre a good team. We could have won some of those games, for sure. Weíre trying to win hockey games, but weíre trying to put elements of being a good team together. Some of that may be special teams and some of that may be goaltending. We have to get better in those areas and have desperation to get those things.

On why Mike Comrie was scratched:

Mike is a guy who adds offensive ability and can play in different spots. And he did do that to some degree, he could have three points right now if we hit an open net or it doesnít clang off the post to a guy he passed to. Just puck battles on both ends of the rink and being hard on the puck and being able to make those plays, everyone looks differently. Mike Comrie is not going to be Matt Cooke, but he has to be able to do that and be those things for the power play and for his line and do all those things on the rink both offensively and defensively. He got scratched in last nightís game, but he will get another opportunity.

On if he dressed Eric Godard in Wednesdayí game because the Maple Leafs have an enforcer-type:
That certainly was a part of it.

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1:23 PM:
The Penguins announced the rest of their blue third jersey schedule.
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1:20 PM:
Sidney Crosby was given the day off by the coaching staff. We caught up with the Penguins captain in the locker room following practice.

On taking the day off to rest:
Itís just a maintenance day.

On how he feels about wearing the blue uniforms:
Well, the record is usually the reason for how we feel about (the blue uniforms). Hopefully we start off right. But itís always the case that if you win, then you donít mind wearing them.

On being frustrated:

Nobody likes to lose, but I think through the first four games, weíve done some pretty good things and had some pretty good chances to score. We still have things to improve on, but there have been a lot of good things, too. We can always look at other situations and scenarios. I look back to last year, we were 9-1, but we didnít really play that well. You still want to win obviously, but thatís hockey sometimes. It doesnít always seem fair, but thatís the way it works.

On his scoring chances:
I feel good. Thereís frustration that comes with not creating chances, and thereís frustration that comes when they seem not to go in. When youíre creating them, thatís a big part of it. As long as you keep doing that, theyíre going to go in, and youíre going to get your bounces. But I feel good and I feel like Iím creating things out there. Weíve all done a pretty good job of creating chances, itís just a matter of having it go in.

On streaks like this, where chances just donít seem to go in the net:
Thatís the way it works: Thereís not a lot that I would change on certain plays. You just hit posts, or the puck bounces the other way. Other times you get one shot and it ends up in the net. Thatís the game of hockey and thatís why you work to create as many as you can every game and give yourself the best chance.

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1:09 PM:
Dan Bylsma had a couple of updates on some injured Penguins:
"(Michalek) has an upper-body injury," Bylsma said. "It's tough to estimate, but 2 to 4 weeks on Z. Brooks is day-to-day. Arron Asham skated today. He was out indefinitely, now it's around two weeks." Bylsma also noted that he gave forwards Sidney Crosby and Maxime Talbot the practice off for maintenance days. __________________________________________________ _________________________

11:46 AM:

Marc-Andre Fleury with the new pads with light blue lines (left); Brent Johnson (right)

Mark Letestu (left); Kris Letang and coach Bylsma (right)

Eric Tangradi (right)
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11: 36 AM:
The Penguins are on the ice for their Thursday afternoon practice at Southpointe. The team is rockin' their blue uniforms, as they will wear the alternate blue jersey against the Islanders Friday night.

Sidney Crosby and Maxime Talbot are not on the ice right now. We'll get an update from coach Bylsma for you.
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