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Pens Roundup: Training Camp Day 4 (2014)

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins



The Penguins held practice and scrimmage sessions for Day 4 of training camp at CONSOL Energy Center Sunday morning.

The players were broken into two groups, with each group practicing for 45 minutes followed by 45 minutes of a controlled scrimmage in which the team worked on special teams.

Here are some notes and observations from the day:

  • Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz (undisclosed injuries) did not participate in either practice or scrimmage session. Crosby did not participate at all in Saturday’s practice/scrimmage. Kunitz practiced on Friday, but did not scrimmage. Malkin hasn't taken the ice so far in training camp, missing the first three practices/scrimmages.
  • The Pens worked on their defensive zone coverage for the first time in camp. Pittsburgh used a 1-3-1 in the neutral zone. In the zone, the players pressured the puck carrier as a five-man unit. Two players attacked the puck carrier, while three others were close by cutting off any passing lane. Lastly, the Pens worked on handling defensive zone rebounds. After a shot goes off the goaltender, the players first priority is to tie up the opposition, then locate and clear the puck.
  • The Pens also ran a 1-3-1 (or a diamond) in their power-play setup. The defenseman at the mid-top of the key funneled the puck or used a shot. One man was stationed in front of the crease. One player took a wall and the last man was settled in the high slot between the circles. After shots are taken the four players (including the defenseman on the wall) crashed the net.


Pens’ workflow…

Rust-Goc-Comeau

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Dupuis-Spaling-Kapanen

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Downie-Sutter-Bennett

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Harrington-Samuelsson

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Maatta-Chorney

Ehrhoff-Martin

Dumoulin-Ruopp

McNeill-D’Agostino

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