Tag: Dan Bylsma

Derek Stepan, Joe Pavelski

USA announces lineup vs. Slovakia; Stepan, Faulk, Howard scratched


Team USA has the lineup set for their opening match-up against Slovakia (7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN) and Derek Stepan, Justin Faulk, and Jimmy Howard won’t be on it.

Those three players will be scratched for the first game of the tournament. Blake Wheeler beat out Stepan as the extra forward and Brooks Orpik edged out Faulk on the blue line. As you heard earlier today, Jonathan Quick will start in goal and Ryan Miller will back him up.

As for the line combinations coach Dan Bylsma will use, here they are according to USA Hockey.


Zach Parise – David Backes – Ryan Callahan

Dustin Brown – Ryan Kesler – Patrick Kane

James van Riemsdyk – Joe Pavelski – Phil Kessel

Max Pacioretty – Paul Stastny – T.J. Oshie

Blake Wheeler


Ryan Suter – Paul Martin

Cam Fowler – John Carlson

Ryan McDonagh – Kevin Shattenkirk

Brooks Orpik


Jonathan Quick

Ryan Miller

Scratches: Derek Stepan, Justin Faulk, Jimmy Howard

Pens, Bylsma reflect on Letang situation

Dan Bylsma

The news of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang suffering a stroke last week shocked the hockey world.

While he’ll miss at least the next six weeks after going on blood thinners and receiving further treatment, the timeline how everything happened leading up to his diagnosis is fascinating. Sam Kasan at the Penguins’ site pieced it together.

Letang first felt dizziness and nausea on Jan. 29 while the Pens were in Los Angeles and didn’t skate with the team. He hit the ice for the optional skate the next morning but was told by team doctors to not play.

On Feb. 1 in Phoenix, doctors told Letang they believed he suffered a stroke and he was sent back to Pittsburgh to undergo tests. For three days he was looked at and on Feb. 6, yesterday, they concluded he did indeed have a stroke.

Coach Dan Bylsma spoke about what’s next for the Pens defenseman.

“We’ve had some different conversations with Kris about just his overall health, what he is going through and the last few days have gotten a little bit better grasp on where he is at,” Bylsma said today in Pittsburgh. “They’re not a lot to do with the power play or how he’s bringing the puck up the ice. More over just concern for Kris the person and his health and where he’s at, not even in his career, just where he’s at in a health standpoint.

“And the six weeks, he’s I believe on blood thinners until the six-week mark and then going to be re-evaluated. He’ll be monitored I guess the whole time, but I don’t know if there’s a series of steps. I don’t think there’s a one, two, three that he has to go through during the six-week period of time. He’ll be back here in Pittsburgh at that time and hopefully move on to something different after those six weeks.”

It’s a terrifying situation and to have such a problem like this come up seemingly out of the blue adds a bit more fear to it.

Letang was sent home early for Olympic break to recover and, hopefully, see his health improve.

PHT Morning Skate: Devils’ woes in shootout rage on

Cory Schneider

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

It was noble of Cory Schneider to take the blame for the Devils losing in a shootout to the Avalanche after making 37 saves through 65 minutes but giving up two goals in the skills competition. New Jersey is 0-8 this year in the shootout and if they miss out on the playoffs, they’ll know exactly why. (Fire & Ice)

The Penguins’ defensemen getting healthy was a bad thing for Simon Despres — he was sent back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

The Red Wings may have plenty of injuries, but rookie forward Tomas Jurco playing in the closing moments when trying to tie the game makes for a high compliment of his game. (Detroit Free Press)

Kyle Turris is thriving in Ottawa after escaping the desert and Phoenix Coyotes. (Senators Extra)

Dan Bylsma would love to help lead Team USA to gold and have his own “Miracle On Ice” type of moment. (Globe And Mail)

New Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens tore apart a writer via Twitter for jumping to conclusions about how his wife would hate moving to Edmonton. Using a player’s family to write something gossipy? That’s a paddlin’. (TSN)

PHT Morning Skate: Jaromir Jagr is ‘so angry right now’

Ray Emery, Jaromir Jagr

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Devils’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers didn’t go over well with the team, especially Jaromir Jagr who said, “I am so angry right now.” (Fire & Ice)

Matt Cooke summed up how the Wild beat the Kings 2-1 in a shootout nicely: “It was ugly, but sometimes on the road, you’ve got to find a way.” (Star-Tribune)

John Tortorella on the Canucks’ 5-4 shootout loss to the Penguins that saw them blow a lead in the closing minutes: “This one was a doozy.” Whoa, ease up with the strong language there coach. (Metro News)

The Pens’ win helped Dan Bylsma pass legendary coach Eddie Johnston on the franchise’s all-time win list. He was humbled to say the least: “He’s a pretty big figure in our dressing room, big figure in our organization. It’s a milestone.” (Shelly Anderson)

Evgeni Nabokov’s injury isn’t considered serious and will likely miss two weeks. (Arthur Staple)

It’s a new year and the Capitals still don’t have a win. (CSNWashington.com)

Is Martin St. Louis’ play going to suffer because he was left off Team Canada? Quick answer: Heck no. (Tampa Bay Times)

Finally, check out Kings backup Ben Scrivens with the videobomb during a Jarret Stoll bench interview.

Marc-Andre Fleury is Pittsburgh’s X-factor

Marc-Andre Fleury

Marc-Andre Fleury is perhaps the most enigmatic goalie in the league.

That sounds crazy to say something like that about a player who’s not from a particular location in Europe, but if you can figure out how a guy who can play so well can look so bad in certain situations, the Pittsburgh Penguins may want to talk to you.

The Penguins didn’t figure goaltending would be an issue for them last season. After all, they had Fleury to start and Tomas Vokoun to back him up when he needed a break. It turned out he needed a break the most during the postseason as the New York Islanders found ways to continually beat him. Even GM Ray Shero wasn’t sure what would’ve happened had they not turned to Vokoun.

After the Pens were ousted by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals, coach Dan Bylsma made it clear to say Fleury is their No. 1 goalie for this season. For both Fleury’s sake and the team’s sake, they have to hope he can find consistency and at the very least, he’s doing what he can off the ice to do it.

He’s started seeing a sports psychologist. He’ll have a new goalie coach in Mike Bales to work with. As far as how it plays out on the ice, the Pens are hoping it translates into raises in his save percentage.

source: APWhile his goals-against average has been OK, Fleury isn’t breaking any records with the percentage of shots he’s stopping as he hasn’t cracked .920 since the 2007-08 season. That points towards consistency and that’s exactly what the Penguins have desperately needed in goal in the playoffs.

If Fleury can get his head and his play turned in the right direction, the Penguins will be incredibly tough to handle. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, and Chris Kunitz provide plenty of offense as it is, but keeping opponents off the board is their bugaboo.

If Fleury can’t get right and Vokoun has to pick up the pieces in the regular season, can they go into another offseason wondering if he can get his act together? The Penguins having compliance buyouts to use might provide him with any motivation he needs to improve as soon as possible.