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About the Hurricanes - 11-28-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Hurricanes.

When and where: 7 p.m., EST, Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Carolina.

Record: 6-12-3, 15 points. The Hurricanes are in seventh place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.

Leading Scorer: Center Riley Nash, 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists).

Last Game: 1-0 road loss to the Panthers, Wednesday. Goaltender Cam Ward made 27 saves for the Hurricanes.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-1 road win, April 1. Center Elias Lindholm (right) scored two goals for the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Lindholm. He has three points in three career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Hurricanes: Zach Boychuk, LW; Ron Francis, general manager; Jordan Staal, C; Don Waddell, president.

Ex-Hurricanes on the Penguins: Craig Adams, RW; Jason Karmanos, vice president of hockey operations; Jim Rutherford, general manager; Mark Recchi, player development coach; Brandon Sutter, C.

Useless Hurricanes/Whalers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Rutherford is one of two people to serve as general manager of the Hurricanes/Whalers and the Penguins. Eddie Johnston is the other.

The last time the Penguins played the Hurricanes, this happened:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (13-3-1, 2.14 GAA, .924 SV%) for the Penguins. Cam Ward (6-8-1, 2.61 GAA, .907 SV%) for the Hurricanes.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Beau Bennett (right knee) is out. Right winger Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) is on injured reserve. For the Hurricanes, defenseman Brett Bellemore ("lower body") and center Jordan Staal (broken leg) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

13 Nick Spaling - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
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Chris Kunitz - 71 Evgeni Malkin -  13 Blake Comeau
59 Jayson Megna - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Steve Downie
  38 Zach Sill - 57 Marcel Goc - 27 Craig Adams

58 Kris Letang - 7 Paul Martin
  10 Christian Ehrhoff - 3 Olli Maatta
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 4 Rob Scuderi

-The Hurricanes expected lines and defensive pairings are:

19 Jiri Tlusty - 12 Eric Staal - 16 Elias Lindholm
14 Nathan Gerbe - 20 Riley Nash - 28 Alexander Semin
53 Jeff Skinner - 49 Victor Rask - 15 Andrej Nestrasil
18 Jay McClement - 39 Patrick Dwyer

 4 Andrej Sekera - 27 Justin Faulk
65 Ron Hainsey - 26 John-Michael Liles
6 Tim Gleason - 47 Michal Jordan
44 Jay Harrison

Notes:

-Comeau has 97 career assists.

-Semin has 499 career points.

-"I just made the decision to go to Carolina and it’s been a good decision." - Hurricanes coach Bill Peters on declining the Penguins' head coaching job in favor of Carolina's.

-The referees are Frederick L'Ecuyer (No. 17) and Kevin Pollock (No. 33). The linesmen are Trent Knorr (No. 63) and Derek Armell (No. 75).

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The curious incident of theater with a side of shopping in NYC

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

 

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I spent four days in New York last week seeing four shows during arguable one of the biggest weeks in Pittsburgh theater, so I have a ton of catching up to do, including "Smart Blonde" at City Theatre tonight, with the Public's "L'Hotel" and barebones' "Streetcar" still to come.

My colleague Maria Sciullo and my son Josh Axelrod spread out our viewing a bit, so here are just a few of the impressions of the week before Thanksgiving in New York.

DAY 1

2014SideShowMarqueeMaria and I opened with with the hauntingly beautiful revival of "Side Show," a retooled version of the original that had a relatively short first run in 1997-98. Reviews have been justifiably positive for this story of the real-life conjoined twins and vaudeville stars Daisy and Violet Hilton, but ticket sales slipped this past week, possibly as holiday tourism ratcheted up the family-friendly shows.

While we were at "Side Show" on Nov. 20, Josh and a friend took in "Cabaret" with Emma Stone making her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles. Here's what he had to say about the movie star onstage with Alan Cumming in his reprise of his career-defining role as the emcee.

On a New York trip that was to include four plays and a Jimmy Fallon taping, I knew going in that the highlight would be seeing "Cabaret" at Studio 54.

It wasn't because of the musical itself or the glowing reviews surrounding this revival. It was because Emma Stone was playing the promiscuous role of Sally Bowles. The prospect of seeing Stone clad in Kit Kat Klub-appropriate attire was exciting enough, but I also wanted to see if she could sing as well as she can act. My verdict: There seems to be nothing she can't do.

Anyone who has seen "Birdman" knows that Ms. Stone is more than just a comedienne now. She's a versatile actress who may be nominated for an Oscar this year for her supporting role as Michael Keaton's addict daughter. We all know she can be bring the comedy in broad fare like "Easy A" and "Superbad" or the emotional chemistry as Gwen Stacy in the "Spider-Man" movies. But the lady also happens to have a serious set of pipes.

She doesn't bring the roof down like I'm sure Liza Minnelli did in her time as Sally Bowles, but she destroyed "Cabaret," which required her to show her emotional range while also belting out the musical's showstopper. When she wasn't singing, she was as sultry as Nicole Kidman in "Moulin Rouge." It's no wonder Clifford Bradshaw (Bill Heck) fell in love with her so easily.

Okay, enough gushing about Emma Stone. She lived up to expectations beautifully, but the rest of the show was just as riveting. I didn't know that much about the music or story of "Cabaret," but it's a fascinating show. It reminded me of "Pippin" in its structure, with an Emcee (Alan Cumming) holding the show together while the characters struggle to maintain normalcy during the rise of the Nazis in Berlin. It's funny, sexy and incredibly dark at times.

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New Star Wars teaser trailer here

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

It's still a year away but the big Star Wars news today is the release of the teaser trailer for the next movie, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." 

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#SettingtheSEEN: Our Favorite Things Show!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday with family and friends. But now, it's time to shop 'til you drop for the upcoming holidays! Check out this week's special "Black Friday" edition of Setting the SEEN: Our Favorite Things Show! Sara and I have some great ideas for items to check off of your wish list!

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Beautiful kale persists through the winter

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog kale persists'Redbor' kale provides much needed color in the winter. Photos by Doug Oster

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blog garden sunriseWinter sunrise reveals the beauty of the winter garden.The soft orange glow of a winter sunrise illuminates what's left in the garden.

These are the mornings I'm so glad flowering kale got planted at the end of the season. My favorite is 'Redbor.' Originally bred as a food crop, gardeners saw it's beauty and used it as an ornamental. The plant is deep purple, tree like in it's growth habit and thrives in the cold.

Often times the plants will overwinter, bringing color to the garden through spring. What happens then is amazing. Surviving plants put on cheery, little yellow flowers which are set off by the purple foliage. Once they flower and put on seed pods, the plants die.

There are lots of different types of flowering kale. The most popular only get about a foot high and come in shades of pink, purple and white. I've actually seen plants for sale this late in the season. Hahn Nursery had some and if you poke around there might be other places willing to sell them cheap. A container planted inside and then put outside near the house in a protected spot could provide color all winter.

When the starts align in my garden, the pansies live though the winter too. I've got some orange flowers surrounding the 'Redbor' in pots. Their flowers are tired right now, but still add much needed color during the off season. An extended thaw will bring them back to their former glory and if they make it to spring will start to flower in full force.

I'm lucky enough to have an unheated greenhouse and found six flats of pansies at a nursery (cheap) which will happily thrive in their until spring.

Even though most gardeners need the break that winter provides, it's nice to have a few little things to keep us going through the snow.

blog beautiful pansyThese pansies have seen better days, but will perk up during a thaw.

 

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