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PensAMlog: Travel plans, Ovi ‘angry enough’ and Pittsburghers love of free concessions.

A Friday morning update for the dear readers…

= The Penguins are on their way to Newark, N.J. They play a Saturday matinee (1 p.m.) against the New Jersey Devils.
A massive winter storm is expected to dump over a foot of snow in the greater New York area, so the Penguins left for Newark on Friday morning instead of practicing in Pittsburgh and flying Friday afternoon.
The real concern might be whether both the Penguins and Devils can get back to Pittsburgh for a Sunday night game at Consol Energy Center. Neither club owns its charter plane. The aircrafts are used by other clients when not designated for NHL team. So, there is a chance, pending the storm impact, that that charter planes for both clubs could not be available for the return to Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon.
This, of course, is a remote possibility, but it is a possibility. As of Friday morning there are no plans for alterations to either of the Penguins’ weekend games against the Devils.

= Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times has a transcript of Capitals RW Alex Ovechkin’s terse comments following that club’s 5-2 loss to the Penguins on Thursday. Some interesting stuff here:

= Complete coverage of Thursday in Penguins Land from #TribHKY:
Game story that looks at Penguins physicality:
Notes on a rivalry that has lost some sizzle:
Josh Yohe with a look at a big few days for Pittsburgh hockey:
Dejan Kovacevic’s first “notes” column – now a weekly staple – has some NHL stuff, too:

= The Penguins offered free concessions and discounted merchandise to fans on dates of their first four home games. A numerical look at what that produced:

  • 190,000 plus concession items sold: 52,142 fountain drinks, 33,289 nachos, 26,633 soft pretzels, 22,258 hot dogs, 22,118 chicken sandwiches and 20,380 hamburgers. (Seriously, that’s way too many nachos, yinz!)
  • 8,600 jerseys, 18,950 t-shirts and 8,776 hats – all at half-price.
  • On good authority, this was not just a crowd of folks buying Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin jerseys. Word is James Neal received some big-time love. Expecting an uptick on the No. 18s at Consol Energy Center on Sunday night.


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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