Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has usually kept all of his lines intact in these playoffs, whether it was against the New York Islanders or the Ottawa Senators.
It’s not working so far against the Boston Bruins. He might just need to make some big decisions before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday night.
One of the biggest decisions Bylsma has is whether to change up the first line of Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Pascal Dupuis. Kunitz is just not working out on the line right now. He’s been way off with his shot in this series. Bylsma might want to move him down to the Evgeni Malkin line and move Jarome Iginla to his place. That has worked before and I’m sure it can work against this Bruins team.
Byslma may also want to put in Dustin Jeffrey, who has been scratched nearly the entire playoffs. He has had great success against the Bruins in his career and knows how to play against them. Maybe Bylsma will turn to Tyler Kennedy, who has great speed and can score in the playoffs.
Defensively, the Penguins just need to stop turning it over. They may put rookie defenseman Simon Despres in but it’s unlikely since he was uncomfortable against the Islanders. Mark Eaton should be paired with Kris Letang since they have had great success together in these playoffs.
Will we see these changes? Like most NHL coaches at this time of the year, Byslma keeps his lineups secret. We will just have to wait and see who comes out for the pre-game warm-ups.