Penguins Report: Game Day at Tampa Bay
Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 11:00 AM / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan
If you have no big plans for the game, head to TGI Friday's for the Penguins Watch Party
. The Bethel Park location is hosting the event. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. It's a great chance to cheer on the Pens with a group of rowdy fans. Plus the Ice Crew will be there
! Everybody wins!
is my personal favorite. I mean, she plays the guitar and loves pierogies. Checkmate.
is a close second with her love of Mike and Tony's Gyros and tennis).
Sounds heard around the locker room:
On playing his first game as a Penguin
Iíve been out for a while. Itís good to be back and Iím looking forward to tonight.
On where heíll play in the lineup
I just want to get out there and play. It doesnít matter where coach puts me. I just want to start competing. Whatever happens, happens.
On if he needs a hit to get into a game
Itís been a while since Iíve been checked and tested things out. Iíve done a few battle drills in practice and things have been fine. I canít go out and play a skilled game, thatís not my game. I have to go out there and bang, create space for whoever Iím with. I want to throw as many hits as I can to get my body and mind into it.
On Tampa Bay
Theyíre a team that is well coached right now. Weíll have to play a sound game to have success tonight.
On what the Lightning are doing to be successful
They have a lot of skill. They have a lot of guys that can put the puck in the net. We just have to play our game. Itís not going to be any different against anybody else.
On stopping Steven Stamkos
Heís a great shooter. He shoots the puck really well. Heís a real dangerous player out there. At the same time, we have a couple guys that are dangerous on our team too. We can make them pay if they make mistakes as well. The team that plays the best defensively will win.
On the offensive weapons on Tampa Bay:
I know when theyíre on the ice and who has the puck. I wonít change my style. Like anybody else, Iíll try to stop the puck.
On being rusty with only one start in two weeks
Itís a little different. Iím used to playing a little more often. I felt good in Nashville. Iím looking forward to getting between the pipes and having some fun on the ice.
On memorable wins in his career
The first one. The Stanley Cup win. That was fun to get.
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma...
On if Tampa plays a 1-3-1
Weíll see tonight. Thatís what it looks like. Their coaching staff has been known to change things as well. They did last game in the neutral zone.
On the Lightning
Some real distinct areas is the defensive zone, real aggressive. Attacking the puck carrier on that side of the ice with four guys. In the offensive zone they do a good job of getting pucks into the blue paint and getting a lot of guys there. They did that well. There is a clear effort from their team. The neutral zone is a different look than weíve seen this year. Those are some things we need to be aware of going into tonightís game.
Ash is a guy that pushes all in on physical contact regardless of how he feels. Heís going to go in there tonight wanting to be that way regardless of how he feels or if heís 100 percent. Heís going to want to be that way. Heís going to be a physical guy in the game tonight. Heís got a smirk on his face to go out there and play. Heíll bring that into the game tonight.
On the D-pairings
They change in the game depending on playing time. We like what we see from (Martin-Letang). Weíd like to keep that going. Where Brooks fits in, that will change in the game depending on ice time minutes. Heíll probably see Lovejoy and Goligoski on his side.
Tampa Bay, which dropped a 4-3 contest to the Nashville Predators on Sunday at St. Pete Times Forum, did not have a morning skate today. __________________________________________________ ______________________
Here are the forward units used during the morning skate by head coach Dan Bylsma:
Before we get to serious business, I have to update everyone on the annual Tampa Bay hockey staff bowling tournament. It was a spirited affair as the four teams bowled for the right to the coveted trophy.
The Final featured a showdown between head coach Dan Bylsma
's team (Paul DeFazio
, Danny Kroll
and Jen Bullano
) and assistant coach Todd Reirden
's team (Jim Britt
, Scott Adams
Jim Britt, video coordinator/fill-in goalie at practice, bowled a 209 in the championship game to lift our team to victory. He was also named the Conn Smythe winner for his efforts.
After a three-day hiatus that feels like four months, the Pens will be back in action Wednesday night in Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning. Tampa Bay is currently tied with the Pens in the standings with both teams having 11 points. The game will be a battle between two of the Eastern Confrences top squads
The Pens lineup will get a boost with the addition of free agent signee Arron Asham
. The gritty forward has been out with an upper-body injury since the preseason and is ready to make his Pens' debut.