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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 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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