Bylsma says Malkin likes playing left side on power play

October 10, 2010

» Coach Dan Bylsma said Friday after the Penguins practiced at Consol Energy Center that right wing Evgeni Malkin prefers to play the left side on the power play. Three years ago during the Stanley Cup Final, Malkin said he was uncomfortable with the defensive responsibilities of playing the left point. However, in the new power-play scheme, there is no set point position. "That's not the term we are using," Bylsma said, declining to reveal the new terminology. "It's a little different mindset. (Malkin) should be attacking ... not stationary and left alone."

» The NHL approved the Penguins' 23-man regular-season roster when it was submitted Wednesday. Procedural moves involving left wing Eric Tangradi and goaltender Patrick Killeen — the former assigned to Wheeling of the ECHL, the latter recalled from there — were not made because the roster violated NHL rules. Killeen was reassigned to Wheeling yesterday. Club management has declined comment on the moves.

» Right wing Arron Asham (shoulder) has not practiced since he was injured last Friday at Chicago, and he is unlikely to play tonight. Asham is eligible to come off the injured-reserve list today.

» Defenseman Paul Martin reviewed video of his Penguins debut, describing Thursday's home loss to Philadelphia as a "feeling-out period." "I like to see my shifts ... the things I'm doing well and the things I'm not doing well," he said. "There were a couple of rushes where there was a lack of communication between (defensemen) and forwards — me especially on defense. It was just some little things with executing the system."