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.