PreVIEW: The #TribHKY early look at Penguins vs. Devils

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A good morning (skate) to the Dear Readers…

 

= Penguins lines/pairings from the AM practice

Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis

Vitale-Malkin-Jokinen

Kobasew-Sutter-Bennett

Glass-Jeffrey-Adams

Scuderi-Niskanen

Orpik-Martin

Maatta-Bortuzzo

GOALIE: Fleury

 

= Injury Update

RW James Neal (upper body) did not practice, but coach Dan Bylsma said he is a game-time decision. Neal has not practiced since Monday.

D Kris Letang (lower body) and RW Matt D’Agostini (lower body) will not play.

D’Agostini and G Tomas Vokoun are on the long-term injury list.

 

= Watch for This n’At

  • Joe Vitale on the second line was a decoy by coaches. Expect Beau Bennett to play on the second line if Neal cannot go.
  • This is the first regular-season game the Penguins will play under the new hybrid-icing format. Look for Sidney Crosby to perhaps be used in the offensive zone with unusual linemates if Bylsma can manipulate a matchup because the Penguins are getting more O-zone faceoff chances.
  • Olli Maatta, 19, is playing in his first NHL game. He has the look of a player poised beyond his years, but his defense partner is the Penguins defenseman with the least NHL experience. Robert Bortuzzo has played in only 21 games.

 

= The Read

And here: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/hockey/

 

= Hear Here:

Game-day radio hits: ESPN Radio with David Todd (2:30 p.m.); Penguins 24/7-TribLive Radio with Brian Metzer (5:40 p.m.)

TV: Roots Sports Pittsburgh Penguins Pregame Show (starts at 6:30 p.m.)

 

 

Be Excellent to each other,

Rossi

 

 

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