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Yohe: An early look at Penguins vs. Bruins

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

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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