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Penguins Practice: P-O Joseph w/ Main Group, Pettersson and Riikola Both Out



Pittsburgh Penguins lines, practice
Pittsburgh Penguins Practice, Cranberry Township UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex: Photo by Dan Kingerski. All Rights Reserved

After an off-day on Wednesday, a few Pittsburgh Penguins got an early start to practice on Thursday, including goalie Tristan Jarry who was peppered with wristers and one-timers from P-O Joseph.

The Penguins are on a two-game winning streak after beating the Washington Capitals on Sunday and Tuesday (There was no real reason to mention that other than I thought you would enjoy seeing it).

The 2-2 Penguins will host the New York Rangers and former assistant coach Jacques Martin on Friday night at PPG Paints Arena. Since Martin won a pair of Stanley Cup with the Penguins, you can expect a welcome back montage in the first TV timeout.

PHN Exclusive Non-News: A team source told PHN the team did NOT submit a claim on waived Dallas defenseman Julius Honka, who is currently playing in Finland.

Penguins Injuries:

Per Mike Sullivan, Marcus Pettersson is out week to week with an upper body injury and Mike Sullivan said Juuso Riikola is “longer term.”

Penguins Lines:

The forward lines were as expected. However, the defensive pairings were mix-and-match. Pettersson and Riikola were absent due to injury. Chad Ruhwedel was excused to be with his wife as they welcomed their first child.

“I know he’s going to be a great father, he’s a great teammate,” Brian Dumoulin praised.

It will be interesting to see if the Penguins keep Marino and Ceci as their second pairing on Friday night, thus moving Marino to his backhand.

Kasperi Kapanen continued to work with the top line, but he’ll probably start on the fourth line for a couple of more games until he gets his sea legs and conditioning. And Brandon Tanev was back with the third line.



Penguins Goalies:

Jarry remained in what would be the starters net, though that term may be losing its luster after Matt Murray kept it last season even during Jarry’s run as a starter.

Jarry was the first Pittsburgh Penguins player on the ice on Thursday. He worked with goalie coach Mike Buckley on drills as Joseph and Czuczman peppered him with one-timers, wraparounds, and one-timers from the slot.

Practice Drills:

After some brisk skating, the usual line rushes, and two-on-none full speed rushes, the Penguins got into odd-man rushes. After a defensive zone faceoff, the forwards line would bolt for a three-on-two, and the opposing forwards line would try to catch them through center ice and pick up a man in the offensive zone.

The Penguins also worked on creating offense from the mid-wall and cycling in the corners.

Technology Pucks?

The NHL is taking the technology pucks embedded with tracking chips out of commission because there was an error in manufacturing. Some said they didn’t slide.

“I didn’t even know we had technology pucks,” Brian Dumoulin jokingly shrugged. “I don’t pay attention to the pucks.”

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Eric Young
Eric Young
1 year ago

I try not to critique coaches and their decisions, after all I am just a fan, a passionate one but just a fan. This decision to take your arguably best defenseman and make him play backwards makes no sense to me. Like why try to handicap the defense even more? I understand we have injuries but I feel Marino could better make up for whomever his partner is more by playing his strong side. I thought he struggled especially holding the puck in the zone against Washington late in the game when he was playing on the left side. Dan… Read more »

Steve Malik
Steve Malik
1 year ago

Why not put in a wavier claim for Dallas Defenseman Honka

1 year ago

usually the Bruins faithful whining about the NHL being “out to get them” is annoying, but this was pretty funny, especially now, after it was predicted they would score EV on Thursday, and well, they put up 5. the video of the goal against is hysterical.

The NHL was using remote-controlled pucks to stop the Bruins from scoring – Stanley Cup of Chowder

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