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In a seemingly never-ending search to limit the number of games determined in shootouts, the NHL introduced a three-on-three format for regular season overtime games this season. With only six skaters on the ice, there is ideally a much more wide open rink for players to create offense with.
Prior to the 2014-15 season, the league had teams switch ends of the ice in hopes the "long change" from the benches would open up the ice in four-on-four play.
Recently, members of the Penguins were asked how much the "long change" impacts things in the three-on-three format.
Defenseman Olli Maatta - "The [line] changes, you want to be smart with it. I think what we've tried in practice is most of the opportunities you get are from bad changes. That's probably one part we want to focus on when we play three-on-three. When you change, how you change. I think its more about keeping your shifts short so you stay fresh."
Chris Kunitz, left winger – "I think it makes that slight change … it's an extra 25 feet to get off the ice. It helps in regular four-on-four overtime so I'm sure if something is having a slow change or someone is really gassed trying to get back and just can't quite get to the bench... I'm sure it's going to have a big effect as it does with regular four-on-four overtime."
Sidney Crosby, center - “Oh it's a big impact. If you have a tired group out there, it's much different out there when you have that much ice and you've got guys who are are are little bit tired and can't cover it. I think it's a huge thing to have a long change in overtime. Even with it four-on-four, it made a huge difference. Three-on-three, it's going to be even bigger I think."
Nick Bonino, center - "A lot. It makes the long change. You can see how the long change affects you in five-on-five so magnify that with two less guys and a lot more ice. It definitely makes a big impact.
Phil Kessel (right), right winger – "I think you need to be aware of your changes. That's the biggest thing. If you get caught out there too long or if you have a bad change, that gives the other team a big advantage."
Kris Letang, defenseman - “It changes everything. You can't really leave the ice if you're not in control of the puck. Otherwise, they're going to burn you. It changes a lot of things. You have to be aware."
David Perron, left winger - “It's a big difference. It's tough on the changes. I think it's going to slow the game right down because guys don't want to get caught on a bad change or get caught on a bad play. So we're going to regroup the puck all the way behind our net for a little bit of protection and let the other guys change. It's only going to be five minutes. I think early on, there will be less shootouts and eventually teams are going to adjust and they'll probably get a little more defensive. “
Mike Johnston, head coach – "It really impacts. You've heard a lot of coaches talk about three-on-three changes. For me, that's critical. You're going to see players on a three-on-three situation maybe even just throw the puck back to the goaltender then they regroup and come with some speed."
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Pitt had its first full practice of Notre Dame week this morning, working outside at the team's South Side facility. Here are a couple of quick notes and videos from what went down.
- The most exciting development of the day was that we actually got to see two team plays before the media viewing window closed. The coaches interrupted positional drills and ran a "sudden change" situation, where the offense and defense both had to quickly get into team formations. From a lineup perspective, it's worth noting that Mike Caprara was out with the first unit, despite being listed behind Bam Bradley on this week's depth chart.
- As for the plays we actually saw, the only one worth noting is the first, where Jester Weah made a nice, jumping sideline catch over a defender I couldn't quite identify. Weah came down with the ball, was nimble enough to stay in bounds and took the ball about 70 yards for a touchdown. It'll be interesting to see if Weah can get some game action moving forward, because maybe there is something to the coaches' theory that he just needs to build his confidence up and has the potential to be a playmaker on offense.
- The only other real note from today was that wide receiver Tyler Boyd was in a yellow vest, indicating limited contact for him this week. That's not really any surprise, as Pat Narduzzi has said repeatedly that, given Boyd's usage, it's important to keep him fresh during the week.
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Your weekly look at how former West Virginia players fared this week in the NFL:
LB Shaq Riddick, Arizona Cardinals: Inactive in a win at Cleveland.
WR Kevin White, Chicago Bears: Injured, did not play in a loss against Minnesota.
WR Mario Alford, Cincinnati Bengals: Inactive in a win at Pittsburgh.
DE Will Clarke, Cincinnati Bengals: Did not record a statistic in a win at Pittsburgh.
CB Adam Jones, Cincinnati Bengals: Five tackles, all of them solo, and one pass defended in a win at Pittsburgh. Also returned two punts for 33 yards.
OT Don Barclay, Green Bay Packers: Played in a loss at Denver on Sunday night.
P Pat McAfee, Indianapolis Colts: Had six punts averaging 48.7 yards in a loss at Carolina on Monday Night Football.
LB J.T. Thomas, New York Giants: Inactive in a loss at New Orleans.
QB Geno Smith, New York Jets: Completed 27 of 42 passes for 265 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a loss at Oakland. He is day-to-day with a shoulder injury he suffered in the game.
LB Najee Goode, Philadelphia Eagles: Bye
FB Will Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers: One solo tackle in a loss to Cincinnati.
LB Terence Garvin, Pittsburgh Steelers: Inactive in a loss to Cincinnati.
OG Mark Glowinski, Seattle Seahawks: Played in a win at Dallas.
LB Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks: One tackle -- the game-sealing sack -- in a victory at Dallas.
WR Tavon Ausin, St. Louis Rams: Had a team-high four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown -- as well as three rushes for 21 yards and a touchdown -- in a win against San Francisco.
WR Stedman Bailey, St. Louis Rams: Did not record a statistic in a win against San Francisco.
RB Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Six rushes for 22 yards and three catches for 24 yards in a win at Atlanta.
S Keith Tandy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Did not record a statistic in a win at Atlanta.
OG Quinton Spain, Tennessee Titans: Inactive in a loss at Houston.