Penguins’ coach heads to gym
A practice at Southpointe was scrapped Monday by coach Michel Therrien, who decided in the morning “it was a good day for a workout in the gym.” Only four players took the ice for drills: forwards Paul Bissonnette and Petr Sykora, defenseman Mark Eaton and goaltender Dany Sabourin. The rest hit the weights, but not before a pickup soccer match on the indoor carpet. Forwards Sidney Crosby and Matt Cooke manned the goals and, as goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury noted, Miroslav Satan “made us all look really bad.”
• The Penguins will engage in a traditional practice at Southpointe today, which will mark the middle of another odd stretch. A nine-day trip to Stockholm, Sweden, to open the season was followed by one game in eight days, then four in seven. The team just wrapped a four-game road trip, which started in New York, veered westward to San Jose and Phoenix and ended at St. Louis on Saturday – giving the Penguins four days until their home game Thursday against Edmonton.
• Ultra-marathoner Phil Rosenstein will be honored Thursday prior to the game by the Mario Lemieux Foundation. He is running across the country to raise awareness for the foundation’s cancer research initiatives.
• The NHL will provide real-time All-Star fan balloting results at NHL.com From Nov. 12 through Jan. 2, 2009, fans can vote as often as they like to select the starting lineup. The league is touting this real-time voting option as “a first for all major professional sports leagues.”