Greetings from an ugly day in Pittsburgh. It's amazing the weather we've seen within 24 hours. Yesterday in Columbus, it was 80 degrees, sunny and totally cloudless. You could get a tan in that weather. Today in Pittsburgh, clouds, 50 degrees, clouds, slight drizzle, clouds, windy and more clouds. Ugh.
We were running a bit late so no walk up from downtown. Consol Energy Center:
-We assume this is a Pitt-Johnstown hockey jacket. If so, solid:
-Former NHL all-star Pat Verbeek is in the building scouting for the Red Wings. Verbeek was one of the nastiest, toughest players you can imagine. Ask Tomas Sandstrom:
-EN commenter Miss Da Burgh checks in with two pictures. First a jersey foul that would Kjell Samuelsson mad:
-And this might be the sharpest "Slapshot" jersey we've ever seen:
-It's not a Hanson or Dunlop jersey. And it doesn't have a name plate. That would be the jersey of resident Charlestown Chiefs horndog Mo Wanchuk:
NOTE: If you're watching the FSN Pittsburgh feed at home, just wait until you get a Paul Steigerwald.... attire... for tonight. We're not going to ruin it, but it's very festive.
-It's former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach versus former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach tonight. Dan Bylsma versus Todd Richards. We assume the winner gets Michel Therrien in a free-style rap contest.
-Some sights around the arena. Lots of Halloween costumes. This gentleman is dressed up as the Burger King:
-This couple is dressed up as a member of the Ukrainian national team:
-This gentleman is dressed like a brutish, power forward from the early 1990s getting nachos:
-These ladies are dressed like a Wales Conference all-star from the late 1980s:
-This lady is dressed like a tempermental, mullet-loving teenage phenom:
-This lady is dressed like the second-best No. 71 in team history:
-This gentleman is dressed like a former 100-point scoring "superstar" for the Hull Olympiques:
-The announcement of Petr Sykora as a starter for the Wild brings a polite applause.
-This gentleman is dressed like an immature, whiny brat:
-The Penguins will honor Post-Gazette writer Dave Molinari before the game tonight for receiving the Elmer Ferguson Award. Dave will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame later in November. It's a very fitting honor for one of the best writers in hockey and someone who is an even better human being.
-The Penguins scratches are Tyler Kennedy and Evgeni Malkin.
-The Wild's scratches are Benoit Pouliot and Josh Harding.
-Marc-Andre Fleury and Niklas Backstrom are your starting goaltenders.
-No Jeff Jimerson. Alyonka Larionov... or just Alyonka as she's known professionally we suppose... sings the national anthem. No Jimerson = No pic.