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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

Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis

Jokinen-Malkin-Bennett

Kobasew-Sutter-Jeffrey

Glass-Vitale-Adams

Scuderi-Niskanen

Orpik-Martin

Maatta-Bortuzzo

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,

Rossi

 

 

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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