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


A good morning (skate) to the Dear Readers…


= Penguins lines/pairings from the AM practice








GOALIE: Fleury


= Injury Update

  • D Kris Letang (lower body) skated on his own Saturday, and coach Dan Bylsma said he was “progressing” but added there was no established timetable for Letang’s return to practice.
  • RW Matt D’Agostini (lower body) did not practice Saturday, but Bylsma said D’Agostini could resume practicing around Oct. 16 or 18. The Penguins play at Philadelphia on Oct. 17.
  • RW James Neal (upper body) did not practice. He is week-to-week.
  • D’Agostini and G Tomas Vokoun are on the long-term injury list.


= Watch for This n’At

  • Jussi Jokinen has replaced James Neal on the first power-play unit. Paul Martin and Evgeni Malkin worked the points, with Malkin and Sidney Crosby on the same side of the ice.
  • Feeding Malkin where he prefers for a one-time shot is crucial to the Penguins’ power play mentality ­– and Martin does that best, Malkin said. If drifting backwards, Makin prefers the puck between his legs. If moving forward, Malkin likes the puck near the back blade of his forward skate.
  • The Sabres successfully transitioned the Penguins last season, meaning they quickly capitalized on forced turnovers. Bylsma opened his Saturday practice with a statement aimed at reminding his players of Buffalo’s transition ability.
    The Penguins opened against New Jersey on Thursday paying a lot of attention to their play with the puck in a hope to avoid what could be called unforced errors. The Sabres and Devils play similar styles, and after a taking 2-0 lead over New Jersey in the opener, the Penguins often were caught on their heels and relying on tougher stops from goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.


= The Read


= Hear Here:

As of now there are no planned pre-game TV/radio hits.



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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