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PreCalc: Bennett absence forces Pens’ lines shuffle at practice.

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Greetings from Fifth Avenue…

 

= LINES AND PAIRINGS

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Jokinen-Malkin-Kobasew

Glass-Sutter-Adams

Jeffrey-Vitale-N/A

Scuderi-Niskanen

Orpik-Martin

Maatta-Bortuzzo

Extras: Letang, Engelland

Goalies: Fleury, Zatkoff

  • Engelland took rushes with the fourth line, but the Penguins practiced with only 11 forwards. Glass and Adams moved from the fourth to third line because Kobasew moved from the third to second.

 

= INJURIES UPDATES

  • D Kris Letang (lower-body injury, undisclosed) is on the ice. This marks his second practice since he was injured Sept. 27. Coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday there was no set date for Letang’s return, but also noted he wanted to see if Letang could avoid a setback and practice Monday.
  • LW/RW Beau Bennett did not practice. He played 6:05 in a victory at Tampa Bay on Saturday. He was on the ice for only four shifts over the final two periods of that win, and for just 54 seconds in the third period.
    Bennett had spent the first five games as the second-line right winger. Chuck Kobasew, a right-handed shot, filled that slot on Monday.
  • RW James Neal (upper body, undisclosed) did not practice. He has not practiced since he played 3 minutes and 49 seconds in a victory over New Jersey at home on Oct. 12. He is out indefinitely.
  • LW Matt D’Agostini (lower body, undisclosed) did not practice. Bylsma has said he could return to practice Wednesday or Friday.
  • D’Agostini and G Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) are on the long-term injury list.

 

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= HEAR HERE

TV/Radio appearances for Tuesday:

ROSSI – Penguins Live with Steve Kolbe (4:20 p.m., http://sportstalk.triblive.com)

 

Be EXCELLENT to each other,

Rossi

 

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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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