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Rossi: Bennett closer to practicing, but not so much for Neal.

Greetings to the Dear Readers from Columbus, Ohio ­ – though, it seems quite a few of you are here for the Penguins’ first divisional game at Nationwide Arena.

Neither club engaged in an AM practice, so there is little to report. Some bit of information:


= Jeff Zatkoff will make his third start for the Penguins. He is 0-2 with a 5.06 GAA and .818 save percentage. Coach Dan Bylsma said there was very little thought given to playing Marc-Andre Fleury on back-to-back days.

Given how well Fleury had to play for a win on Friday night at Consol Energy Center – see Josh Yohe’s game story: ­­– this game could prove quite challenging for Zatkoff, unless the Penguins revert back to their previously sound defensive form.


= Bylsma said the rest of the lineup is a “game-time decision.” That includes LW Tanner Glass, who appeared to sustain an injury in the win on Friday night.


= RW Beau Bennett (lower body) skated on his own again Saturday morning. Bylsma said he expected Bennett to practice next week, though he did not provide specifics. The Penguins are off Sunday and do not play again until at New York (Rangers) on Wednesday. Bennett last played Oct. 12.


= RW James Neal (upper body) remains week-to-week, but Bylsma said Neal is “rehabbing, recovering, (and) working out.” Bylsma added he hoped to “see progression” in terms of Neal’s activity. Neal has not played since Oct. 3.




Be Excellent to each other,


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


  1. Mark Harlan says:

    Haven’t heard of anything on Simon dupree n future of penguins. Any news?

  2. I live in New Brunswick, Canada and have missed only one game that Crosby has played since my retirement in 2009. Fortunately I have a very understanding wife and she calls 87 my hockey God.
    I always enjoy your column as I read the Pens web site daily along with anything else written about Crosby.
    I hope to watch him play live in Pitt some day…it will be a huge thrill and is on my bucket list.



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