PENS GAME 1 LINEUP
The Pens announced their lineup for their first preseason game in Columbus Sunday at 6 p.m. Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start in goal and Beau Bennett will play with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. It will also be defenseman Rob Scuderi's first game back in a Pens' uniform.
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OPEN PRACTICE VID
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GROUP B PICS
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Dupuis loves to stick out his tongue. MJ style.
Vokoun in full concentration.
--Sam Kasan & Dave Uhrmacher
POULIOT MAKING HIS CASE
There is a logjam on defense for the Penguins right now. They have a lot of gifted blueliners, but not enough roster spots. There is certainly some tough competition, and at Saturday’s open scrimmage at CONSOL Energy Center Derrick Pouliot made a case for himself.
Pittsburgh’s 2012 first-round pick (eighth overall) scored one goal and set up a second as his team, Group A, triumphed 3-0 over Group C.
“I had a good offensive day,” Pouliot said after. “That’s part of my game. I’m trying to work on that and implement it. I’m getting more comfortable.”
Full story here.
PROOF THAT GOD IS A PENS FAN...
Jesus saves, but Crosby scores.
During the Penguins open practice scrimmage on Saturday morning Group A pulled out a 3-0 victory over Group C at CONSOL Energy Center.
The Penguins’ new third line – Jussi Jokinen, Brandon Sutter and Matt D’Agostini – contributed with two goals while 2012 first-round pick defenseman Derrick Pouliot chipped in with a goal and an assist.
D’Agostini started the scoring with some nice hands in tight on the goal. He had the puck one-on-one at the crease and juked out goalie Eric Hartzell. D’Agostini, who signed with the Penguins this offseason, then slid the puck under Hartzell’s pad for a 1-0 Group A lead.
Later in the opening period, Pouliot showed excellent vision and great hands when he swept a cross-ice pass to Jokinen at the side of the net. Jokinen quickly snapped the puck past the outstretched paw of Hartzell to make it 2-0.
Pouliot finished off the scoring in the second period. A puck squirted loose from a mass of bodies and onto the 19-year-old defenseman’s stick at the point. He skated the puck into the slot and then roofed a shot over the shoulder of Jeff Zatkoff.
Here's some shots from the Pens open scrimmage.
As expected, fans filled up the seats for the open camp.
Front row VIP.
Fleury gets low to make a save with traffic in front.
Conner unleashes a slap shot on goal.
Drazenovic skates the puck in low.
Orpik creeping in the corner for the faceoff.
Unfortunately in the scrimmage, he's not score.
Maatta gets some serious air to keep the puck in. Sign that kid up for the NBA.
Malkin-Sutter. Thrilla in...uh...CONSOL.
Nice crowd shot from Michelle.
Better picture of fans.
Geno is my homeboy.
Maatta with a chip shot out of the rough. Playing for par.
The finest big board in the NHL.
Group A celebrates their 3-0 victory.
--Sam Kasan, Michelle Crechiolo & Dave Uhrmacher
GROUP C PRACTICE PICS
Fans still coming in to fill up the bowl.
Bennett is Cali cool.
Niskanen. 'Nuff said.
Engelland looks so different without facial hair.
Even the tinted visor can't hide his determined glare.
Bortuzzo's neck stopped working for a second. He's OK now.
Despres doing his "James Franco" squint.
--Dave Uhrmacher & Sam Kasan
Pens fans lined up outside of CONSOL Energy Center early to get a good seat for the open practice.
--Sam Kasan & Dave Uhrmacher
NEW THIRD LINE
One of the questions heading into training camp was who would play on the team's third line? For several years in Penguins' history the third line consisted of Matt Cooke, Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy. But with all three of those players gone, the team's third line will need to find a new group and new identity.
The Pens started training camp using Brandon Sutter, Jussi Jokinen and Matt D'Agostini.
Michelle Crechiolo has more here.
START ME UP
Good morning Pens fans! Today the team will hit the ice at CONSOL Energy Center in what should be a pretty crowded arena. Today’s practice sessions are open to the public and free of charge.
Practice runs from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. So if you’re reading this and want to come down for some free hockey we’d love to have you. For all the details on today’s open practice click here.
If you want to watch a live stream of today's practice click here.
Today’s practice schedule looks as follows:
9 a.m. – Group C practice
10 a.m. – Scrimmage between Groups A and C
11 a.m. – Group A practice
12 p.m. – Group B practice
Below are the groupings…GROUP A
70 JarryGROUP B
92 VokounGROUP C
Stay tuned right here throughout the day for constant updates, pics, opinions and other random observations. Or follow the action on Twitter (@penguins) or Michelle and I (@PensInsideScoop) for live updates.