Penguins coach Dan Bylsma usually is measured in his public remarks, but he felt strongly enough about something Friday to make a prediction.
Bylsma's club is 0-2 at Consol Energy Center -- and, at times, has been booed by its fans -- going into the matinee today against the New Jersey Devils. Hep>
"We haven't played well yet here," he said. "We're going to win, and we intend to win, a lot of home games, and we intend to play them a lot like we play them on the road."
The Penguins are 4-1 on the road, including a strong game Thursday in a 3-0 win against the Rangers in New York.
"As far as a complete game goes, that was probably the best job we did," center and team captain Sidney Crosby said, adding that he would like to see similar performances at home.
"We want to make sure we're playing well here, making it tough on [opposing] teams, not just with the environment, but also with the way we play and have a comfort level with playing a certain way here. We want to make sure we have that home-ice advantage."
They had the best home record in the Eastern Conference last season at 29-10-2.
There is a long-held thought that teams need to revert to simpler, safer play on the road. Bylsma gives that "almost zero credibility."
Confident Bylsma says home wins will come
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