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Rossi: Preview the Penguins’ Stanley Cup quest

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The Stanley Cup playoffs are upon us, and there is no better time of the hockey season than the next two weeks. Round 1, where they could be upsets by upstarts and will be an uprising of an eventual champion.

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Also, with the Penguins set to open against Columbus in Game 1 at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday night, please enjoy this kind-of Playoff Preview:

 

>> Josh Yohe on the one thing Sidney Crosby really wants: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5925708-74/crosby-penguins-playoffs#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> Evgeni Malkin wants to force opponents to defend Crosby differently: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5925638-74/malkin-penguins-crosby#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> Chris Adamski with the latest on Tomas Vokoun, and other assorted notes: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5925665-74/bylsma-penguins-season#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> From COLUMBUS, meet the confident Blue Jackets: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5925615-74/blue-jackets-playoffs#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> Joe Starkey on the pressure that faces Marc-Andre Fleury: http://triblive.com/sports/joestarkey/5946804-74/fleury-season-penguins

 

>> Jesse Marshall with an advanced stats look at the Penguins-Blue Jackets series: http://blog.triblive.com/chipped-ice/2014/04/15/marshall-pens-jackets-by-the-metrics/#axzz2yxz89YYw

 

>> Depth, and why it might be all right for the Penguins: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5925581-74/penguins-games-bylsma#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> Yohe’s in-depth look at coach Dan Bylsma’s system: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5925569-74/penguins-system-nhl#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> Jason Mackey’s series scouting report: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5925543-74/penguins-blue-game#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> Structurally, the Blue Jackets resemble the Penguins: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5905514-74/penguins-blue-jackets#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> Dejan Kovacevic on what a Round 1 exit should mean: http://triblive.com/sports/dejankovacevic/dejancolumns/5905530-74/penguins-blue-jackets#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> Mark Stevens’ grand design of a look at reasons why the Penguins will and will not win the Cup:

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>> Melanie Wass’ delicious design of The New Guys the Penguins will need to win it all:

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>> Wass’ wonderful design of those Penguins who are Needed Now for a Cup run:

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>> Wass’ finale, on the Penguins for whom the Pressure Is On:

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Stick tap to Trib executive sports editor Kevin Smith for his planning contribution to these stories/pages, and the hardest working group of night editors in Newspaper Land for their patience and professionalism.

 

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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