The dummies were back on the ice Friday as the Pittsburgh Penguins concentrated on special teams. No, not the players who are being asked to simplify things and shoot more as they ride an 0-for-19 power play skid. And not the coaches who are trying to drum that into the players’ heads.
For the first part of practice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, with the first and second power play units at opposite ends of the ice, the first unit used padded tripods, or dummies, to represent penalty killers. It’s something they do from time to time.
“It kind of just simulates a (defenseman) in front of you as best as you can,” Jake Guentzel said, adding that it saves some wear and tear of penalty killers absorbing shots.