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Penguins Roundup: 12/12/13

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins worked on special teams for the majority of an open practice Thursday at Southpointe.

Captain Sidney Crosby said the focus on special teams early this season was Pittsburgh’s main focus coming in, and their 26.1 percent success rate is the best in the entire NHL.

“Obviously the percentage is important, but I think the timing of our goals has been really good, too,” Crosby said. “We are in games where we haven’t necessarily been really good five-on-five and our power play has got some big goals and the penalty kill has been able to shut the door.

“I think this year we realized that most times that is the game. It really boils down to how you do on special teams.”

The Penguins used the following combinations on the power play and penalty-killing units…

Power Play

Jokinen-Crosby-Kunitz
Malkin-Letang

Kobasew-Sutter-Dupuis
Niskanen-Maatta

Penalty Kill

Sill-Adams
Engelland-Bortuzzo

Megna-Vitale
Despres-Dumoulin

Head coach Dan Byslma also had a few injury updates. Defenseman Brooks Orpik has yet to undergo any concussion testing after being knocked unconscious by Boston’s Shawn Thornton on Saturday. Defenseman Rob Scuderi and forward Tanner Glass skated “at length” before practice began and are inching closer to a return to full practice with the team, possibly in the next 3-5 days.

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