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Yohe: An early look at Penguins vs. Bruins

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Greetings from Consol, hockey fans.
Likely the most anticipated game of the October portion of the regular season is here in the form of the Penguins hosting the Boston Bruins. You all remember what happened in June. So do the Penguins. Should be a good one. And remember, it’s an 8 p.m. start tonight.

Tonight’s probable lines and defense pairings:

 

Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Pascal Dupuis

 

Jussi Jokinen-Evgeni Malkin-Matt D’Agostini  

 

Tanner Glass-Brandon Sutter-Dustin Jeffrey

 

Tanner Glass-Joe Vitale-Craig Adams

 

Matt Niskanen-Kris Letang

 

Brooks Orpik-Paul Martin

 

Olli Maatta-Robert Bortuzzo

 

Marc-Andre Fleury

 

Thanks to an injury that is going to sideline Chuck Kobasew for close to a month, Dustin Jeffrey is getting a chance to return to the lineup. He hasn’t played since a 3-2 Penguins victory against the Edmonton Oilers a couple of weeks ago. Jeffrey, a top-six style player trying to make it in a bottom-six role, clearly hasn’t impressed the coaching staff in his limited appearances this season. Here’s his chance, and it comes against a Bruins team that he beat in overtime during a two-goal performance in a memorable game in Boston in 2011.

 

Injury update

 

Kobasew, as we know, is out three-to-four weeks and James Neal will continue to miss time for at least another week, maybe longer. But there is some good news. Winger Beau Bennett skated again before the Penguins’ morning skate on Wednesday, and coach Dan Bylsma remported that the California native skated harder today and felt good. Also, defenseman Rob Scuderi underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a broken ankle he sustained on Oct. 26 in Toronto.

 

Watch For This N’ At

 

= Boston wants behemoth defenseman Zdeno Chara on the ice against Sidney Crosby. The Penguins refuse to back away from this battle (think of Marty McFly being called a chicken, and deciding to fight Biff when he doesn’t really have to). Crosby actually has had some success against Chara over the years, but the defenseman won the battle in June. It should be fun to watch.

= Scuderi was responsible for a huge chunk of penalty killing minutes. Who will replace his minutes on the PK?  A combination of people, it appears.

= Remember Jarome Iginla? He’s back tonight, and still has nothing but good things about his time in Pittsburgh. He still refers to the Penguins as “we” when discussing last season’s playoff loss against his new team, the Bruins.

 

The Read

Rob Rossi had an interesting take on Jarome Iginla’s role with the Penguins last season. Check it out here: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4962528-74/iginla-penguins-bruins#axzz2jDycjonA

 

HEAR, HERE

 

I’ll be joining Steve Kolbe of the Penguins Radio Network at 3:40 p.m.

Rossi’s radi hits include: The David Todd Show (4:10 p.m., 970-AM); Penguins Live with Brian Metzer (5:20 p.m., sportstalk.triblive.com)

 

For those of us writing about the game, 8 p.m. starts are terrible for deadlines. As for the rest of you, maybe you’ll enjoy it. Kids out there, get your homework done before the game. Won’t be over until 10:30 p.m. at the earliest. Enjoy the hockey game, dear readers.

 

-          Yohe

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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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