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Penguins at Red Wings preview - 10-01-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Note: We will not be running a live blog or chat for tonight's game. We will have a postgame blog post with thoughts.

Welcome back Sidney Crosby.

The Penguins captain will make his preseason debut after recovering from an undisclosed injury and dealing with a family death. At today's morning skate, he worked with a new right winger. According to the team's Web site, the lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate in Joe Louis Arena:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
9 Pascal Dupuis - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Steve Downie
13 Nick Spaling - 57 Marcel Goc - 17 Blake Comeau
12 Dan Carcillo - 49 Oskar Sundqvist - 27 Craig Adams

10 Christian Ehrhoff - 58 Kris Letang
6 Scott Harrington - 7 Paul Martin
4 Rob Scuderi - 47 Simon Despres

-Marc-Andre Fleury (No. 29) is scheduled to play the entire game. Thomas Greiss (No. 1) is expected to serve as his backup.

-Crosby is eager to be back.

-Crosby speaks:

-The Red Wings' lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate:

14 Gustav Nyquist - 40 Henrik Zetterberg - 93 Johan Franzen
21 Tomas Tatar - 15 Riley Sheahan - 26 Tomas Jurco
49 Andrej Nestrasil - 90 Stephen Weiss - 57 Mitch Callahan
8 Justin Abdelkader - 41 Luke Glendening - 29 Landon Ferraro

55 Niklas Kronwall - 65 Danny DeKeyser
27 Kyle Quincey - 4 Jakub Kindl
23 Brian Lashoff - 3 Nick Jensen

-Goaltender Jimmy Howard (No. 35) is expected to play the entire game with Thomas McCollum (No. 38) serving as the backup.

-The game, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be televised on Root Sports in Pittsburgh and NHL Network elsewhere.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Five thoughts on Wolf-Corbett Debate II

 Gov. Tom Corbett debates challenger Tom Wolf Wednesday in Philadelphia. (Tom Gralish / AP photo)

One of the Battling Toms seemed more ready for battle in Wednesday morning's gubernatorial debate in Philadelphia , enough that the outcome was considerably tighter than in debate No. 1. Democratic challenger Tom Wolf was feistier this time...

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Harrisburg bishop: No boy-girl contact sports

Written by Peter Smith on .

Bishop Ronald Gainer -- appointed late last year to head the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg -- is prohibiting girls from boys' contact sports teams at Catholic schools and in Catholic youth leagues, citing "safety & modesty" concerns.

The policy is at this link, and excerpts follow. But it's worth pointing out that if this approach seems traditionalist and even archaic -- something that would be pigeonholed into the conservative thought of the papacies of St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and contrary to the modern ethos that enthrones equality above virtually all other concerns -- remember that Bishop Gainer was appointed to Harrisburg by Pope Francis. For all the conversation recently about Pope Francis' appointment of different kinds of bishops than his predecessors (see Chicago), this is just a reminder that Francis is more complex than that. Bishop Gainer, an Eastern Pennsylvania native, was originally a John Paul appointee as bishop of Lexington, Ky., who made it perfectly clear that the pro-life, anti-abortion agenda was "THE paramount issue of are time" for Catholics as both believers and voters. Now that he's in the state capital here, it shouldn't be a surprise that he'd implement rules with a traditionalist understanding of gender roles.

"Gospel-based values are taught and learned in these athletic programs by developing respect for self and for others through competitions and other forms of human interaction in which dignity, integrity, fairness and moral strength are emphasized. Christian witness to authentic Gospel values is given by all who are involved in these programs in the form of adherence to appropriate norms of conduct, decorum and moral discipline.

"Preparation for Christian adulthood likewise involves the development and encouragement of appropriate, dignified and respectful forms of contact between male and female students. The Diocese therefore believes that it is incompatible with its religious mission and with its efforts to teach Gospel values to condone competitions between young men and women in sports that involve substantial and potentially immodest physical contact.

"Consequently, the Diocese has adopted this policy prohibiting co-ed participation in thefollowing sports: wrestling, tackle football and tackle rugby. In any sport in which co-ed participation is permitted, the appropriate ecclesiastical authority designated by the diocesan bishop may issue and enforce rules of conduct that reflect morally appropriate norms of contact between participants."

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Empty Netter Assists - 10-01-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-So... what's up with Evgeni Malkin (right)?

-Olli Maatta (shoulder) is still not cleared to play.

-Pierre-Luc Letorneau-Leblond and Philip Samuelsson cleared waivers and were assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-What is forward Jean-Sebastien Dea's role with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins?

-Happy 26th birthday to former Penguins forward Luca Caputi. A fourth-round pick in 2007, Caputi spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2008-09, he appeared in five games and scored one goal. In four games in 2009-10, Caputi scored two points. At the 2010 trade deadline, Caputi and Martin Skoula were traded to the Maple Leafs in exchange for Alexei Ponikarovsky. In nine games with the Penguins, Caputi scored three points. He is currently a member of Oskarshamn of Sweden's Allsvenskan.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Scott Young. Acquired midway through the 1990-91 season in a deal which sent Rob Brown to the Hartford Whalers, Young's Penguins career amounted to 43 games and 27 points that campaign. In the spring, the appreared in 17 playoff games and scored seven points while winning a Staney Cup ring. After spending most of the 1991-92 season playing in Italy as well as for the United States Olympic team, Young was dealt at the 1992 trade deadline to the Nordiques in exchange for Bryan Fogarty.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Domenic Pittis. A second-round pick in 1993, Pittis' Penguins career amounted to one game and no points in 1996-97. In the 1998 offseason, he joined the Sabres as a free agent.

-After the Jump: Life is good for Ben Lovejoy in Anaheim.

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Follow the Pirates' Wild Card game, test your knowledge with #pgbucs

Written by Ethan Magoc on .

Welcome to Buctober! Where do you plan to watch the Pirates take on the San Francisco Giants tonight?

Whether you have a ticket, will watch from your couch or a bar, or plan to join the crowd on the Clemente Bridge like these fans last year...

Roberto Clemente Bridge fansJulia Rendleman/Post-Gazette

...we hope you'll enjoy the game with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's social media team. We'll be populating the #pgbucs hashtag on Twitter and Instagram throughout the night.

Why should you join us on your second screen?

Our staff will post a mix of trivia that will challenge your Pirates knowledge, along with compelling photographs of fans, the players and the buzzing atmosphere surrounding this second-consecutive home opening to Buctober.

You can follow our staff covering the game itself: Bill Brink, Jenn Menendez, Brady McCollough, Paul Zeise and Jerry Micco.

And the #pgbucs conversation will happen @PittsburghPG on Twitter and Instagram.

Let's go Bucs.

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