OK It has been a busy couple of days. Here are all the links todays and yesrterday's practice pics are not updated with who is in pics and titles as of the time I am typing this report.
11/10/07 Pregame Warmups
First my thanks to jeletsgoflyers and Ann Marie very nice to meet you both today. Thanks to NTP and Julie from Hockeybuzz very nice to meet both of you last night. HF good to see you as always.
In my laziness to not stand in line for Autographs yesterday I missed someone I needed Jason Smith so shout out to him hope you stop again sometime when I go.
Ok 11/10 practice Report
Observations there was quite a few out of town folks in to watch practice. Lots of other languages going on. The one language I recognized was French of all the groups. Very cool to see so many out of town fans.
Game day practice was light, really light.
Jeff Carter was the first one out. He dumped the whole thing of Pucks shot them all messed around a little and got off.
lasted max 30 minutes and I am not even sure it lasted that long.
Patricipants were Kukonen, Timonen, Jones, Coburn, Nitty, Cote, Ruzicka, Tolpeko and Eager.
They seemed to be working on transitioning from the D zone to the offensive zone.
The last two on working with the coaches were Cote and Nitty.
11/10/07 Game vs Pens
My best observation here was that there seemed to be stronger commitment to one another. My example was during one of the PK's that 3 of the 4 people defending went down to block shots in front of Biron. It almost looked like synchronized shot blocking. I remember that there was quite a big deal made about that during the 06 Stanley Cup finals so I took that as a great positive sign.
I would have liked to have seen a little more 5 on 5 offensive pressure but I think the team played awesome. I give credit to Richards for showing restraint at the end.
Practice lasted maybe 45 minutes. It was good. Things were pretty light hearted today. There was alot of messing with Marty Biron via Jeff Carter, Scottie Upshall and Mike Richards.
Biggest thing I notice today NO DANNY BRIERE!!!!
2nd biggest things Stevens messed with the lines
Orange= Ruzicka. Carter, Upshall
Dark Blue=Lupul, Dowd, Umberger
Green=Hartnell, Richards, Knuble
Red=Cote, Eager, Boulerice
Black= Smith, Kukkonen, Nitty, Biron, Coburn, Timonen, Fitzpatrick, Jones
I will say the one drill for 2 on ones Richards and Upshall were partners just about every time and they were flat out awesome to watch.
I think I took enough pics you can tell what went on.
Upshall led stretches
Stevens and Smith had a pretty long chat after the stretches while watching the 2 mini stations go on.
Afterwards I decided to stay for autographs. Randy Jones, Lasse Kukkonen, Jim Dowd, and Riley Cote all were awesome enough to stop. The only one I got for me was Dowd. I just need Hartnell, Timonen, Briere and Smith to complete my jersey.