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Aftermath: Bennett in for Neal at practice.


A quick update for the Dear Readers on this oh-so-important Friday for the Pirates…

Oh, wait, this is the spot on TribLive reserved for the Penguins. Our bad. (Go Bucs all the same.)


= News n’At

RW James Neal (upper body injury) is not at practice for the Penguins. Neal left the opener – a 3-0 win over New Jersey on Thursday – and did not return. He had not practiced since Monday with an upper-body injury.

With Neal out, Beau Bennett is working the right side with Geno’s Guys.


Speaking of practice lines…

Sid’s Soliders: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis

Geno’s Guys: Jokinen-Malkin-Bennett

Third line: Kobasew-Sutter-Jeffrey

Fourth line: Glass-Vitale-Adams

And to set the defense…




Engelland (extra)



= Day Later Quote

“Yeah, I can definitely score 82.”

–      ­Adams, on his current goals pace



= Up Next

Buffalo visits Consol Energy Center on Saturday night (7 p.m.) – the return of the once standard Hockey Night in Pittsburgh. (OK, so there was never an official name, but it was cool when Saturday night games were a way of life in this city. Sadly, the Penguins are such a draw that the NHL sends them on the road most Saturday nights.)



= The Read



= Hear Here

Off-day radio hits: ESPN Radio with Stan Savran (12:15 p.m.); TribLive Radio with Ken Laird and John Steigerwald (1:30 p.m.)



Be Excellent to each other,





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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