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Camp log (Day 5): #TribHKY NHL video preview, and Root Sports Pittsburgh’s massive scrimmage rating.

Good Friday on you, dear readers.

The Penguins are wrapping their final training-camp session at Consol Energy Center. There is a chill in the air. Seriously, it’s freezing in here.

Some quick hits:

♦ There are 23 players left in camp. Rosters must be trimmed to 23 by 5 p.m. Friday. Draw your own conclusions.

= Great stuff here from Josh Yohe on the power of 25 for great NHL players:

♦ Shameless self promotion:

Catch this blog author on the WPXI pregame show before the Penguins-Flyers tilt on NBC on Saturday (3 p.m).

Also, Sunday marks my debut as Root Sports Pittsburgh around-the-NHL reporter for select Penguins games. Looking forward to working with Rob King, Dan Potash, Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey – not to mention all those fine behind-the-scenes folks.

♦ Speaking of root, the Black & Gold scrimmage drew a 6.67 rating Wednesday night.

That beat all local prime-time programming.

About 200,100 people watched the scrimmage, according to Nielsen Media Research.

“Amazing fans,” said Root Sports Pittsburgh GM Shawn McClintock.

Remember, Penguins ratings were tops last year, locally, for any NHL or NBA team.

♦ And, finally…

Josh and Some Guy preview the Penguins’ season:



Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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