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

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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

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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

 
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