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Rossi: Numerical look at Pens’ injuries.

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Many months ago this Sunday looked like it could be a Stanley Cup Final preview. Penguins vs. Blackhawks – three of the last five NHL champions.

That Final still could happen, but this regular season has taxed the Penguins like none in the eight presided over by GM Ray Shero, and perhaps like none in the history of the franchise.

The Penguins are surging toward 500 man-games lost to injury. They would become only the third team in the past five seasons to hit that mark, and the only one to avoid a last-place finish.

This past week, as the injuries continued, I attempted to look at the man-games numbers and connect them to some other numbers. The result of that attempt appears as an info graphic in Sunday’s print edition of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Melanie Wass was the designer.

I encourage you to buy a paper to get the full feel of this piece, which begins on the front page and leads to this…

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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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