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Skate log: A new hockey Mecca? Are the Flyers toast? Sharks bite Gomez. And, uh, Pens stuff

Happy home opener, dear readers.

The time is 10:16 a.m. on this frigid Pittsburgh morning, and several Penguins players have now joined RWs Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy on the ice.

The Maples Leafs are in town for the first NHL game at Consol Energy Center since April, and the Penguins are looking to win a third straight game to open this truncated season.

The local club was off Tuesday. After some group drills, the Wednesday AM skate seems to be picking up its pace. Power-play drills right now.

A quick look at the #TribHKY Wednesday coverage:

♦  Columnist Dejan Kovacevic has identified hockey’s new Mecca, and special props to those at the home office who found that photo: http://triblive.com/sports/dejankovacevic/dejancolumns/3336198-74/nhl-team-fans#axzz2IoQJrj8s

♦  C Brandon Sutter would prefer just one comparison to former Penguins C Jordan Staal: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3290336-74/sutter-penguins-staal#axzz2IoQJrj8s

♦  CEO David Morehouse makes a promise to Penguins fans: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3341575-74/penguins-game-lockout#axzz2IoQJrj8s

♦  All your opener information: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3336210-74/penguins-fans-opener#axzz2IoQJrj8s

Around the NHL on Tuesday:

n  The Flyers are 0-3-0, and as you might have read, no team that went three straight games without a point made the playoffs in 1995, the last 48-game season. Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News has the scoop: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20130123_Flyers_still_0-for-2013.html

♦  The NHL’s first discipline hearing of the season, and the Flyers are involved: http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2013/01/23/flyers_schenn_hearing_for_hit/

♦  Martin Brodeur has 120 career shutouts, and that is just stupid: http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2013/01/devils_score_early_and_often_i.html#incart_river

♦  Luke DeCock, columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer, noted that Jordan Staal was basically alone in the Carolina dressing room to answer tough questions last night. The eye of that Hurricane: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/01/23/2626273/decock-canes-long-wait-delivers.html

♦  Josh Cooper of The Tennessean in Nashville on a fairly nice win for the Predators: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130122/SPORTS02/301220095/Preds-beat-Wild-first-win?nclick_check=1

♦  The San Jose Sharks opened a can at Edmonton, and David Pollak of the Mercury News has information on Scott Gomez: http://www.mercurynews.com/sharks/ci_22429452/san-jose-sharks-like-what-they-see-scott

♦  Rest of NHL scores are here: http://www.nhl.com/ice/scores.htm#?navid=nav-scr-main

Enjoy the festivities. Remember the Penguins’ pregame celebration starts around 6:50 p.m.

Cheers,

Rossi

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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