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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Penguins' Sunday practice

It looks like the Pens might shake up their forward lines after losing Game 1. Gary Roberts appears to be in the lineup with Georges Laraque out. Georges wasn't able to get Darren McCarty to dance and perhaps that was Georges' final dance of this series.

Here's how they skated today ...
Malone-Crosby-Hossa
Talbot-Malkin-Sykora
Dupuis-Staal-Kennedy
Roberts-Ruutu-Hall

The Penguins' defensive pairings were the same as used in Game 1.

"We believe Ryan Malone could be a good fit to play against their top line," said Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien. "With Talbot, I like his grit."

"It's matchups," said Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby. "(Before) it would be one of our lines against one match-up (defense) pairing. Then it's kind of tailed off after that. It's kind of different against this team (Detroit)."

When asked about if he'd change anything the next time he faces Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, Crosby answered: "I wouldn't change anything to be honest. We had our chances and didn't put the puck in."

5 Comments:

Anonymous Jdunc said...

thanks for these penguins updates... I hope you travel with the team to Pitts... What did their defensive pairings look like? I'm assuming they're the same.

May 25, 2008 at 4:17 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Hey jdunc. Yes I'm traveling throughout the series. And yes, the defense pairings were the same.

May 25, 2008 at 4:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce, I just want to say how grateful I am, and many other Wings fans surely must be, for the outstanding work you have done all year covering the team. You have terrific insight into the game, and generally support your conclusions with stats to reinforce your point. I admire the fact that you cover practices and are observant as to which lines and pairings are on the ice.

Thanks so much for all of your hard work.

Jeff, Oklahoma WingNut

May 25, 2008 at 9:24 PM 
Blogger Steve J said...

I second Jeff's comments. Red Wings Corner has become a daily visit for me and the information you put out there is great. The work you put into it is much appreciated.

Steve

May 26, 2008 at 10:38 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great work, Bruce.

My boys and I really enjoy your posts; really helps bring out the game for the kids.

Go Wings!

May 26, 2008 at 11:00 AM 

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