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Friday Wakeup Call: Who’s behind the 8-ball?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …

>> The Friday notes column goes to bat for Beau Bennett to be part of the Penguins’ playoff picture, as well as stuff on the Steelers, Pirates and more.

>> The chat transcript offered an interactive smorgasbord of its own.

>> Really busy night all over the NHL — except, of course, for the Flyers-Devils game NBC Sports decided for some reason to air — but still very little clue as to how the Eastern Conference playoff field will play out.

On one hand, it takes only a glance to see that my dream of a third trip to Manitoba still lives …


On the other, you can see from looking around the league that a lot of the teams in that lower half — notably the Senators, Islanders and Jets — are playing their best hockey of the season. That tends to be how it goes for teams treating their end of the regular season like an early playoffs, desperate just to qualify.

No real point here. Just something to think about.

Any team you’d prefer the Penguins to face in the first round? Any that scares you?

>> The Braves are pretty good at just about everything, as the Pirates — and very few others inside PNC Park, judging by the paid attendance of 11,000 — saw first-hand last night.

Here’s a link to the game highlights.

And here’s some postgame video from the Trib …

>> The Steelers open at Heinz against the Titans, really the only highlight of the schedule the NFL released last night. That and a common-sense bye week after London.

>> We’ll mix it up even more on TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m. when I visit Ken Laird and Guy Junker. You can listen with one simple click.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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