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Rossi: An early look at Pens at Blues

Greetings to the Dear Readers from St. Louis, where the Penguins and Blues are set for what folks on both sides keep calling a “big game.” It would be a lot bigger game if it opened a series in June, but for now…

 

 

LINES N’PAIRINGS

A look at the Penguins’ forwards and defensemen during their AM practice:

 

Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis

Jokinen-Malkin-Bennett

Glass-Sutter-D’Agostini

Adams-Vitale-Megna

 

= The defense pairings were a bit jumbled with Paul Martin, who coach Dan Bylsma said will not play against the Blues. Martin had not practiced Friday.
Deryk Engelland, used mostly as a checking-line forward the last few weeks, worked in a rotation with the Penguins’ five other healthy full-time defensemen (Letang, Orpik, Niskanen, Maatta and Bortuzzo).

 

= RW James Neal (upper body) rotated line shifts with Bennett, who is set to play for the first time since Oct. 12. Bennett had been out with a lower-body injury.
Neal, out since Oct. 3, is working toward a potential return next week – though, the Penguins have not identified when he will play.
“I don’t have to show anything,” Neal said. “If I’m ready, I’m ready. I need to be as close to game shape as possible.”
Neal noted his summer workouts, which had him feeling better physically than to start any season, as being especially helpful right now.
“You obviously lose (conditioning when injured),” he said. “But I feel like there’s an ability to get back a little quicker.”

 

 

THE READ

= Josh Yohe on the Olympics preview in this game: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5018238-74/crosby-backes-game#axzz2kBJe2AM7

 

 

preVIEW

Coming Sunday as part of #TribHKY coverage:

= As Hall-of-Fame immortality calls, Brendan Shanahan chaces something even more meaningful as head of NHL Player Safety.

= The Insider: Blues Russian sniper Vladimir Tarasenko isn’t thinking about the Olympics. Right, and he didn’t want to catch up with Evgeni Malkin, either.

= Yohe on What To Watch.

= The never-to-be-missed AHL Penguins notes from Jonathan Bombulie.

= Also, Rossi is in St. Louis with regular game coverage

 

 

HEAR HERE

Radio/TV appearances for Saturday and Sunday:

Rossi: SATURDAY ­– Root Sports Pittsburgh Penguins Pregame (7:45 p.m.); SUNDAY ­–­ Subway Final Word (after late local news, WPXI)

 

 

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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