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Rossi: From Columbus, changes come to Pens-Jackets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Change is coming to Round 1.

As the Penguins-Blue Jackets series shifts to Ohio’s capital city, and the lineups will be different.

For the host Blue Jackets, winger Nick Foligno will make his series debut. Also, defenseman Fedor Tyutin will not play on Monday night. Dalton Prout appears set to replace Tyutin in the lineup.

Blue Jackets coached Todd Richards said before Game 3 that he is “not concerned” with Prout’s insertion into the lineup, noting Prout was a top-four defenseman for Columbus last season.

As for the Penguins, the fourth line consisted of center Joe Vitale with wingers Jayson Megna and Craig Adams. Winger Brian Gibbons (injured) was not part of the mix.

Winger James Neal did not work with the top power-play unit. That consisted of centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin up front with winger Chris Kunitz. Manning the points were defensemen Paul Martin and Matt Niskanen.

 

Have a look at the Trib’s coverage from Monday:

 

>> Josh Yohe reports that Marc-Andre Fleury has started strong for the Penguins (though, certainly he will be tested Monday): http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5947922-74/fleury-penguins-blue#axzz2zLQahD5i

 

>> Columnist Dejan Kovacevic calls for The Mega-Powers to finally Hulk up and bring the Madness: http://triblive.com/sports/dejankovacevic/dejancolumns/5947869-74/crosby-games-game#axzz2zLQahD5i

 

>> The Playoff Insider examines how a lack of cohesiveness has harmed the Penguins’ top six: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5948382-74/penguins-defensemen-zone#axzz2zLQahD5i

 

>> Contributor Craig Merz on the excitement in Ohio’s NHL city: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5979248-74/game-blue-jackets#axzz2zLQahD5i

 

>> Outdated a bit now, but some off-day notes: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5947945-74/game-penguins-center#axzz2zLQahD5i

 

>> Finally, this wonderful piece by Jason Mackey on the state of Columbus hockey – a must read for fans of the sport: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5947067-74/hockey-blue-jackets#axzz2zLQahD5i

 

 

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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