Penguins ready to start the Stanley Cup playoffs

Malkin and Kessel

Kessel and Malkin high five

When they were on the ice together, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel outscored the opposition, 29-10, and just might be the most dangerous duo in the league

On Chipped Ice A.M., Jonathan Bombulie writes that the Evgeni Malkin-Phil Kessel combo brings fun to the Penguins playoff run.

Mike Sullivan 2

John Tortorella

Mike Sullivan (above) and John Tortorella worked together as an assistant and head coach, respectively, for one season in Tampa Bay, four seasons with the New York Rangers and one season with Vancouver

The Penguins’ Mike Sullivan and Blue Jackets’ John Tortorella will draw from their years shared behind benches, writes Bill West.

Crosby Dubinsky faceoff

Brandon Dubinsky has a history of getting under Sidney Crosby’s skin like no other NHL opponent

My column focuses on why Sidney Crosby can’t be duped into Brandon Dubinsky’s deeds if the Penguins want to win this series.

Kris Letang 3

Scout, on Penguins playing without Kris Letang: ‘Losing a defenseman of that caliber from any hockey club is extremely damaging’

An Eastern Conference scout breaks down the Penguins-Blue Jackets series, writes Bombulie.

Carter Rowney v Vancou ver

Carter Rowney, a 27-year-old rookie, handles faceoffs, fills in at center and wing, knows how to kill penalties and even offers a physical element

In Three Periods, West breaks down Game 1 of the Penguins-Blue Jackets series.

Matt Murray 3

Matt Murray missed the final two regular-season games but was the first player on the ice Tuesday

The two biggest question marks — Malkin and goalie Matt Murray — are ready for the Columbus series, Bombulie writes.

Practice provided clues to the Penguins’ defensive pairings, writes Bill West.

Pens big screen

The Penguins will bring back the big screen for Stanley Cup playoffs

ON THE DIAMOND

Clint Hurdle talks with bob nutting

Pirates owner Bottom-Line Bob Nutting has a franchise worth $1 billion and a payroll less than $100 million

The Pirates are worth $1 billion, according to Forbes, writes Chris Adamski.

The offense let the Pirates down again in a rainy home loss to the Reds, writes Chris Adamski.

In the Pirates notebook, reliever Wade LeBlanc downplayed his role against the Reds, Adamski writes.


Scouting report
for Wednesday’s game against the Reds

ON THE SOUTH SIDE

Max Browne 3

Pitt offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, on Max Browne: ‘He does the little things you need your quarterback to do. He doesn’t make impulse decisions. He doesn’t take sacks. He finds check-downs. He gets us in the right play. He makes sound decisions in a run-pass defense because he knows what to lean on and that’s all experience’

Former USC quarterback Max Browne impresses at Pitt practices, writes Jerry DiPaola.

Elijah Zeise

Elijah Zeise can play either outside linebacker position for the Panthers

In the Pitt football notebook, DiPaola writes that Elijah Zeise has been named ‘dog soldier’ defender.

Tim Williams

Alabama outside linebacker Tim Williams had 19 sacks the past two seasons but comes with some baggage

The Steelers hosted two more pass-rush prospects, writes Joe Rutter.