PHILADELPHIA -- Defenseman Deryk Engelland was a healthy scratch for the Penguins' first four games this season, but was in their lineup for the third consecutive time when they faced Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center Thursday night.
Not, however, at his customary position.
Engelland was bumped from the blue line to right wing on the fourth line, alongside Joe Vitale and Harry Zolnierczyk.
Engelland noted that he had played there a bit in a game at Montreal a couple of years ago and had logged some time up front in the minors, but acknowledged how different the game is when playing on the wing.
"It's definitely a different look at the game," he said.
Coach Dan Bylsma said Engelland practiced on the wing three times this season and demonstrated an ability to adapt to the demands of working there.
"We know he has the understanding of what the position [requires] and what he needs to do," Bylsma said. "He's shown an aptitude to have success there."
Forward Dustin Jeffrey, who does not have a point in six regular-season appearances, was scratched to open a spot for Engelland.
Giroux is struggling
Flyers forward Claude Giroux was being hailed by some as the finest player in the world in the spring of 2012.
That talk faded quickly, however, and Giroux entered the game against the Penguins as just another guy trying to escape an early season rut.
He had no goals and two assists in the Flyers' first seven games, six of which were losses.
But while Giroux contended he has great expectations of himself -- "I always put pressure on myself," he said. "I criticize myself a lot, even when it's going well" -- he isn't overly concerned about his sluggish start.
"I'm playing the way I want to," he said. "It's just that the bounces are not there right now. You have moments in the season when the puck doesn't go in. I think it's just a matter of time.
"If it's [later in] the season, I think you don't pay attention to it as much. When it's the start of the season, the panic button goes a little quicker."
Berube demands a lot
Peter Laviolette was fired as the Flyers coach after they lost their first three games and replaced by former Philadelphia enforcer Craig Berube.
The switch has not had an immediate impact on the team's record, although Flyers forward Adam Hall, a Penguins alum, seems to be favorably impressed by what Berube has shown him.
"[Berube] demands accountability," he said. "He's a pretty intimidating coach. When you're doing something wrong, he lets you know. He's blunt. He's honest.
"That's a good thing. You have to be professional about it, and everybody here knows that he holds guys to a high standard. He's got a standard in mind that he wants to see on the ice. If he makes an example of you, it's not because he doesn't like you as a person or anything like that. It's because he knows how good we can be."
Dave Molinari: Dmolinari@Post-Gazette.com or Twitter @MolinariPG First Published October 17, 2013 8:00 PM