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About the Islanders - 11-21-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Islanders.

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

TV: MSG, Root Sports, SportsNet One, TVA.

Record: 12-6-0, 24 points. The Islanders are in second place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.

Leading Scorer: Center Brock Nelson (right), 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists).

Last Game: 5-2 home win against the Lightning Tuesday. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves for the Islanders.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-1 road loss, Oct. 18. Halak made 35 saves for the Islanders.

Islanders Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: right winger Kyle Okposo. He has points in three consecutive games.

Ex-Penguins on the Islanders: Eric Cairns, director of player development; Matt Carkner, D (Carkner played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins but not the NHL team); Chad Johnson, G (Johnson is a former Penguins prospect but never played for the organization); Brian Strait, D; Garth Snow, G.

Ex-Islanders on the Penguins: Blake Comeau, LW; Tom Fitzgerald, assistant general manager; Bill Guerin, assistant general manager.

Useless Islanders Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2009) is one of four active NHL players who have been named "Mr. Hockey" in Minnesota as that state's best high school senior player. The others are Panthers center Nick Bjugstad (2010), Penguins defenseman Paul Martin (2000) and Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (2007) .

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

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (11-3-0, 1.98 GAA, .930 SV%) for the Penguins. Chad Johnson (4-2-0, 3.27 GAA, .878 SV%) for the Islanders.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) is on injured reserve. For the Islanders, Left winger Eric Boulton ("lower body"), defenseman Matt Carkner (back) and right winger Michael Grabner ("lower body") are on injured reserve.

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

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 13 Blake Comeau
13 Nick Spaling  -  - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 72 Patric Hornqvist
19 Beau Bennett - 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
47 Simon Despres - 4 Rob Scuderi

-According to the team's Web site Islanders lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

86 Nikolay Kulemin 91 John Tavares 29 Brock Nelson
84 Mikhail Grabovski51 Frans Nielsen21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee
18 Ryan Strome
12 Josh Bailey
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas 15 Cal Clutterbuck

2 Nick Leddy 55 Johnny Boychuk
44 Calvin de Haan
3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

Notes:

-Adams has 99 career assists.

-Comeau has 97 career assists.

-Fleury has 299 career wins.

-The referees are Dave Jackson (No. 8) and Marc Joannette (No. 25). The linesmen are Derek Amell (No. 75) and Steve Miller (No. 89).

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

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Everything must go! Free garden giveaway Sunday with Doug

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog give a wayThis is just some of the garden bling I'm giving away this Sunday at Wholey's in the Strip. Photo by Doug Oster

I'm just finishing up vacation and part of the chores included cleaning my office. If you've ever seen the show Hoarders, you get the idea.

I've got tons of cool gardening things to giveaway this Sunday, 11/23/14, 1 p.m. at Wholey's in the Strip.

Not only will you walk away with a free gift or two, I'll be cooking with oysters for the store's annual Oysterfest event. You get to eat what I'm making and I'll also be talking gardening. I'll be presenting "Preparing the Garden for Spring (things you can do now, for your best garden ever)."

Hope to see you there!

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 11-21-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-“I definitely have the skills set to put up numbers, but, right now, I’m focusing on playing defensive hockey,” he said. “My goal is not to put up points every game. My goal is to shut the other team down and move the puck to the forwards, because we have good forwards. The points will come eventually.” - Simon Despres (above).

-Pascal Dupuis will be around quite a bit over the next six months.

-Beau Bennett took over for Dupuis on the second power-play unit.

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-Beau Bennett speaks:

-Andrew Ebbett and Jayson Megna appear to be the most likely candidates to earn a recall from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-After the Jump: Slava Voynov is officially charged with a crime.

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Setting the SEEN: Holiday Fun at Hope Haven Farm!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary in Wexford is by far one of my favorite places to visit. This very special place, founded by veterinarian Karen Phillips, has taken in roughly 125 farm factory animals including llamas, goats and turkeys! It is truly magical. Enjoy our Thanksgiving Special on the farm!

 

Want to help? Go to www.hopehavenfarm.org to learn more. @HopeHavenFarm

Follow @NBSeen on Twitter and @NatalieBenci on Instagram to keep up with #wheresNataliePG

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The first time yinz, Primanti, slippy, n'at debuted on Pittsburgh Twitter

Written by Jacob Quinn Sanders on .

It didn’t take long for the friends who lived in my pocket to become my real friends. Twitter made that easier.

Even before moving to Pittsburgh four years ago, I started following some Pittsburgh people as preparation. Food people, networking people, journalism people, academic people, neighborhood people.

People.

I was going to be writing freelance, so finding people was critical to my livelihood and my sanity. They were welcoming and smart and curious and it didn’t take long to start meeting them in person. They wanted to be smarter about their city and more connected within it. Twitter made that easier.

This week, Twitter made it possible for the first time to search every tweet going back to the first one on March 21, 2006. I decided to take a look at how Pittsburgh began revealing itself, its idiosyncrasies, on what was then a very new platform.

My search idea was simple: the first mention of Pittsburghese words and Pittsburgh people in their proper context.

The word “Pittsburgh” first appeared Oct. 24, 2006. Fittingly, it was for networking. A guy in a web series called “Something To Be Desired” was looking for “cool bands” to be on the show.

The word “Steelers” appeared precisely a month earlier.

“N’at” and “yinz” beat “Primanti” to Twitter, which beat “yinzer.”

"Slippy" beat all of those.

“Jagoff” came later but beat “Primanti’s.”

“Gumband” beat “nebby” by a few months in 2008. “Nebby” somehow didn’t make an appearance until that July — in a tweet about cats, because this is the Internet — which seems odd given that four months or so earlier Twitter folks were already nebbing on Rick Sebak.

Not that Pittsburgh wasn’t voyeuristic about other people before that.

It seems a little funny now, with Bill Peduto being the established mayor of both Pittsburgh and its internets, but the first tweet mentioning him was about him dropping out of an election.

But this is what’s cool about Pittsburgh. The tweeters of those first tweets about Peduto and Ravenstahl — they know each other. They’re friends. Mr. Ravenstahl Tweet was one of the first people I met when I moved here. I’ve met the woman who first used “n’at” in a tweet. The first person to mention “jaggerbush” -- the South Side bar in this case, not the semi-aggressive flora, but that’s still pretty Pittsburghy -- is a friend.

And it was a way for people to reconnect, with those words reaching them wherever they went, even if it was a grudging fondness.

I read a lot about Pittsburgh before I moved here that suggested it was a closed society, hard to break into for new people. Cold, suspicious.

Not at all. I found quickly that if I accepted the premise that Pittsburgh could be cool, could be fascinating, people were warmer than family. What they were tired of, protecting themselves from, was uninformed or misinformed perception of what Pittsburgh was and what Pittsburgh was trying to become. Don’t talk if you don’t know. That kind of thing.

Twitter came along at a perfect time for Pittsburgh — collectively, piece by piece, word by word, the city wanted to share itself with the world.

About everything.

 

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