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Bylsma discusses possibility of no exhibition games, penalty kill vs. Flyers

Nov 5, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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Penguins coach Dan Bylsma analyzed the Pittsburgh’s failed first round series against the Flyers, and Philadelphia’s subsequent defeat against the New Jersey Devils, according to a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

He’s weighed the Penguins’ inability to kill penalties versus Philadelphia against their success over the last two years to try and determine if their struggles can be dismissed as two bad weeks or an indication of a larger issue that needs to be addressed.

“The hardest thing to do is draw the appropriate conclusions and move forward,” Bylsma said.

He later added, “But if you look at different aspects of penalty killing, you might ask, ‘What did the Rangers and Devils do in their series?’ You might run into some interesting things. I have.”

Bylsma doesn’t want to go into specifics about what revelations he had, but he will face some unique challenges implementing those changes if the 2012-13 campaign is saved. At this point, teams might not even get to play in any exhibition games before diving into a shortened season.

Fans might not get pumped up for preseason games, but for coaches like Bylsma, it’s an opportunity to get familiar with new players and vice versa. Training camp also helps a team develop a rhythm.

Every team will be in the same boat if the season is saved, but squads hoping to make adjustments to their established system and players joining new teams might have a particularly difficult time early on.

  1. sjsharks66 - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Not sure bylsma, now that staal is gone the penguins PK is going to need some work.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Die hard Pens here, I just do not think people understand how bad loosing Staal is going to hurt the Pens defensively. He is the best defensive forward in the NHL. How do you expect your penalty kill to get better after loosing him. I guess you try and win all your games 8-6.

      • pajabroni - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM

        Please do not call yourself a diehard Pens fan, its an embarrassment to those of us who actually are.

        Did you know Staal was on the ice for 11/12 of the PPG the Flyers scored in the playoffs? Adding Sutter, who is 100% a defensive forward will be just fine. Also, Staal isn’t the best defensive forward in the NHL, he has never even won a Selke.

        Fleury’s swiss cheese pads in the playoffs was a large part of the problem, the world is not ending, everything will be fine.

    • blomfeld - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:11 PM


      Buy 2 and get one free !!!


      Bylsma Schmylsma !

      While there’s no question that you people mean well and all, the fact remains that neither of your teams were even capable of making it to the slaughterhouse last year ! What do you East Coasters offer up as your best ? Yeah, some team called the Devils, featuring some guy who’d go on two months later to sign a contract that rivals some nations GDP ! What a joke man, seriously ! We LA Kings and our fellow Western Conference brothers can’t wait until Bettman’s little charade is finally over, so that we can start “doing” you people all over again ! :)

      • valoisvipers - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:07 AM

        Just remember the best team in the west (Detroit) really belongs in the east.

      • blomfeld - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        Valoisvipers – I concur friend, as Detroit should indeed be in the Eastern Conference, just as Winnipeg should be in the Western Conference … I suspect however that Comrade Commissioner Bettman will see that that’s done before long …

      • phillyphanatic77 - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:42 PM

        Oh please a southern California team wins a cup and suddenly everyones a diehard Kings fan. If theres a season watch for post -championship slump in LA, and from there all the kings fans will go back to watching the lakers.

  2. staaltostaal - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Brandon Sutter is an amazing penalty killer

  3. ewoods6 - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    I’m very sure that the last 10 Stanley Cup winners did not finish the season with the league’s best PK. GO PENS!!

  4. steelcity333 - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    The PK was excellent all year long and was terrible in a six game span. Granted it happened at the worst possible time, I still think it will be better than it was in the playoffs. Not as good without Staal but still one of the best in the league.

  5. bruinsfan19 - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Staal is not the best defensive forward in the NHL Datsyuk and Bergeron are

  6. id4joey - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Damn! This is the PHT we want to read. Good show, gents. We need more of these insights and comments. Standing ovation is in order.

  7. antkowiak666 - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    i f!@#$% hate the Pens…….thank God the schedule was back loaded with the Flyers,Pens games so we only miss out on lets drop the puck!

  8. ironcity6pak - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Losing staal sucks bus it’s def not the end of the world. Sutter is great penalty killer and much better 5 on 5 scorer. The pens have a great D, Martin just needs to step up and find his game. The pens will be force if this season is saved and God forbid any of our Guys get hurt over seas. Pens have nothing to worry.

  9. csilojohnson - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Kings will not repeat blomfeld. Get real. You just become a fan last playoffs?

    • valoisvipers - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      I agree that the Kings won’t repeat but then thats coming from the mouth of a guy who didn’t think they would win last year.

    • blomfeld - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Actually friend, I’ve been a fan for 39 years since 1973 … go figure, eh ? :)

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