February 7, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin (7) and center Evgeni Malkin (center) and center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrate a Pittsburgh goal against the Washington Capitals during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Changes Power-Play Alignment

 

After getting denied repetitively on the power-play, the Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly switched up their positions a little bit, in hopes of rekindling their past dominance – according to Sam Kasan of the Pens’ website.

Forward James Neal is being taken off the point and positioned back down low, where he was last season.  While on the power-play last year, Neal scored an NHL best 18 goals down low.

On the Pittsburgh Penguins official team website, Neal would tell Sam Kasan,

“It’s a spot I’m familiar with and I feel comfortable.  I’m more comfortable there than on the point.”

Taking his place at the right point on the power-play will now be Evgeni Malkin.  Malkin is an all-tool player and the Pens have the ability to place him essentially anywhere.  Having that said, Malkin has played the point in the past, so he should be familiar with the position.

But other than that, the power-play is suppose to still contain forward Chris Kunitz down low.  As well as Letang at the other point and Crosby at the half-wall.

Hopefully the adjustments boost what was once a successful power-play.

Having not capitalized on their last 12 power-plays, in which they had multiple last game, this might’ve been a necessary move to make by the coaching staff.

The time for experimenting is over, the Pens must solidify their lines and excel.

A great opportunity is awaiting, as Pittsburgh play in the Garden tomorrow night against a Callahan-less New York Rangers.

Puck drops at 7 p.m.

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