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Penguins Report: 11/4/11

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Maintenance days for Pens (1:08 PM).
  • A few Pens absent from practice (11:36 AM).
  • Coach Bylsma on Picard and depth (1:12 PM).
  • Pens on a plane (10:50 AM).
  • Does anyone remember the Internet (10:35 AM).
  • Pics a la tank (12:30 PM).
  • “I tie my hands up to a chair so I don’t fall that way…” (10:15 AM).

The rest of coachspeak with Dan Bylsma...

On Alexandre Picard:
We actually played against Alex quite often in the last couple years with the team’s he’s played for in Montreal and Ottawa, so we’ve seen quite a bit of him. He’s played many NHL games and has a pretty good book of work. He’s a guy that has a heavy shot and is a guy that can be used on the power play. He’s a guy who’s fit into a fifth and sixth pairing for other teams and we’re going to expect him to come in and do that. Alex Picard was a guy we identified as a guy who is an NHL player and can play NHL games for us. Unfortunately for him, training camp didn’t necessarily work out with the opportunity to show what he could do with getting injured. But he’s had a chance to play some games now in Wilkes-Barre and he’s going to get an opportunity with us. I’m confident he can come in and play for us and play minutes for us in different situations. Having a good month of work under his belt with our organization, I think he’s going to have a pretty good idea what to do and what to expect for us on the ice (Saturday).

On finding out just how much depth they have in their organization:
Unfortunately we’ve had some significant injuries at this point in time. We are getting tested, but that’s a part of what everybody goes through. You get some injuries and we do have great depth at defense. We have good players I think can step in and play. We have more players that are good players that can step in and play. It looks like that’s going to be the situation for us here. I think the good thing is that our players know what to expect. There’s a standard of how we play. The players coming in are going to be held to that, both in how we play and what we expect on the ice. I think you’ve seen that already at this point in time. I think you’re going to see that with Alex stepping in and playing and also if we need another guy to come in and step in, whether it’s Simon Despres or Robert Bortuzzo. Heck, right now Joey Mormina’s playing some really good hockey down (in WBS). (Boris) Valabik’s going to be stepping in to play hopefully soon. If Joey Mormina stepped in and played for us, we’d expect him to come in and play the way we need to play in our system and add to what we’re doing here. We have great depth, we’re getting tested right now but it’s an opportunity for guys to come in. They’re going to know how to play, they’re going to know what we expect and the standard of how we play and what we’re doing. They’ll come in and have full confidence they’ll do the job.

Just follows her head: Michelle Crechiolo

Pens head coach Dan Bylsma said that the players who missed practice were off the ice for maintenance days. He added that he expected all of them back in the lineup vs. Los Angeles with the exception of maybe one, but did not disclose who and said it would be a game-time decision.

"Update-wise, we had several players off the ice for maintenance days. With the exception of maybe one, we expect them all back in the lineup for our game against Los Angeles. Ben Lovejoy will get re-evaluated back in Pittsburgh and we’ll get a better timeline on him. Right now, it’s a broken bone.

"Possibly one other person might miss the game, but we’re going to see about that (Saturday). It’s not a mystery. We expect everybody back in the lineup with the possibility of one person not being there, so a game-time decision."

Pens pics from the Shark Tank. It feels like we've been in this building for a week.

Pens wait in line for ice cream (left); Nealer bends it like Beckham (right)

Pens were broken into four groups. They're so clique-ish. I wonder which group is considered The Plastics (left); Kennedy = good shot. Johnson = better save (right)

Crosby testing out some new wheels (left); Asst equipment manager Danny Kroll "The Banker" makes needed adjustments. Al Bundy would be proud (right)

"Everybody listen up. I have an important and urgent report....Canonball!!!!" (left); Staal can juggle up to 3 pucks. No Big Deal (right)

The Pens are on the ice for practice. Other than the obvious injured players (Michalek, Lovejoy & Strait), those not participating are Malkin, Cooke, Martin, Letang & Niskanen.

Crosby and Kennedy are both on the ice.

I've heard of snakes on a plane, but pens on a plane? This is getting ridiculous.

In case you missed it, Michelle Crechiolo with a good story about the Pens autographing a Pens-themed military plane. Click here for photos and more detais.

It's Friday, so you know what that means - yesterday was Thursday!! It also means it's time for this week's installment of the Pens Vault. Today we take a look back at a team commercial promoting this humble website in the year 2000 Anno Domini.

Are you wired?

Good morning from San Jose! On today’s itinerary is an 11am practice before taking a flight to Los Angeles, or as it translates to English: the city of Angeles.

The Pens conclude their two-game West Coast swing with a showdown against the Kings Thursday night. The team is looking to bounce back after a 4-3 shootout setback to the Mighty Shark.

Defenseman Ben Lovejoy broke his wrist in the game and is out of the lineup indefinitely. Head coach Dan Bylsma said there is no timetable and he will need to be further evaluated. Pittsburgh had recalled blueliner Alexandre Picard from WBS, so they have 6 available D-men for Thursday.


Tonight it’s Los Angeles or bust, although I’m fairly confident we will make it to LA. I just have a hunch.

Continuing with our left coast theme, today we’ll open the day with a jam from the Los Angeles band Foster the People, led by frontman Mark Foster. They’ve gained a lot of commercial popularity for being still a fairly new band. Best part, their drummer looks just like former Pen Mark Eaton (IMO).

On their record they use sound effects on the vocals, but I actually prefer their live performances. The vocals are more raw, the sound is more abrasive and they have great energy and presence. I love it when a band is clearly into the music they’re playing and not acting (or overacting) too cool for school.

So here is a live performance of “Helena Beat” on the David Letterman Show. Enjoy.

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