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Here is the trailer for "Love the Coopers," the formerly titled "Let It Snow" filmed in Pittsburgh earlier this year with an all-star ensemble. It stars Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Arkin, Olivia Wilde, Ed Helms, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei, Anthony Mackie and Jake Lacy.
Here is the official description: "Love the Coopers" follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
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Today was, for all intents and purposes, the penultimate day of training camp for the Panthers. Pitt will have one more practice tomorrow, and then that will be the last media access until Pat Narduzzi's Youngstown State press conference on Monday. Here are a few notes from today...
- The biggest news of the day is that running back Rachid Ibrahim will miss the 2015 season due to an Achillies injury suffered earlier in the week. Obviously, this isn't great news, but at least right now, Pitt has the depth to weather this injury. Chris James, Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall should provide more than enough to spell James Conner this season. Even though James and Ollison have been banged up this month during training camp, both practiced at 100 percent Wednesday and should be good to go for the season opener.
The other good news for Ibrahim is that he still has a redshirt year to use this season, so he'll have two years of eligibility when he comes back next season. Look for a story in tomorrow's P-G about how Pitt is going to handle the running back rotation in his absence.
- Narduzzi said he wasn't too happy with his team's practice at Heinz Field Tuesday afternoon.
"We've got to do a better job practicing there, in our house," Narduzzi said. "It should be the best practice of the year, in my opinion. It wasn't what I want when we go there. We get limited opportunities, when we get there we've got to take advantage of it."
- Interesting development along the defensive line, where it looked like Mark Scarpinato got some time next to Tyrique Jarrett with the first team today. Scarpinato seems to have come along nicely during training camp, and will certainly be a part of the defensive line rotation this season. Really, when you're talking about that position, the designation of "first team" and "second team" doesn't mean a whole lot, and it's more about "guys that will play." Right now, it looks like the guys that will play along the interior of the defensive line will be Darryl Render (when he returns from injury), K.K. Mosley-Smith, Jarrett, Scarpinato and Jeremiah Taleni. Taleni might get a few less reps than his counterparts, but I expect it to be a pretty heavy rotation.
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-Happy 66th birthday to former Penguins all-star defenseman Ron Stackhouse (right). Acquired midway through the 1973-74 season along with Jim Rutherford in a deal which sent Jack Lynch to the Red Wings, Stackhouse, one of the best defensemen in franchise history, spent parts of nine seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1973-74 by appearing in 36 games for the Penguins and recording 19 points. In 1974-75, Stackhouse appeared in 72 games and led all Penguins defensemen with 60 points. He also set a mark which remains a franchise record by recording six assists in an 8-2 win against the rival Flyers, March 8, 1975. In the postseason, he played in all nine of the team's games and netted eight points. Stackhouse set career-highs in 1975-76 in games (80), assists (60) and points (71). His points were a single-season franchise record for defensemen at the time. In three postseason games that spring, he failed to record a point. Stackhouse once again appeared in all 80 of the Penguins' games in 1976-77 but saw his production tumble to 41 points. He produced three points in three playoff games that season. Stackhouse's numbers continued to fall during the 1977-78 season as he was limited to 50 games and 20 points. He rebounded somewhat in 1978-79 by playing in 75 games and scoring 43 points. He was held without a point in seven playoff games that spring. In 1979-80, Stackhouse played in 78 games, recorded 33 points and was selected to his only all-star game. He scored one goal in five playoff games that season. He would appear in 74 games in 1980-81 and recorded 35 points. In the playoffs, he saw action in four games and recorded one assist. Stackhouse's final NHL season was 1981-82. He played in 76 games and netted 21 points. In the postseason, he was limited to one game and zero points. During the 1982 offseason, he retired. Stackhouse, who despite his impressive numbers, was one of the least popular members of the team among fans, appeared in 621 games for the Penguins and scored 343 points, 17th-most in franchise history. Stackhouse also appeared in 235 consecutive games for the Penguins, the sixth-longest streak in franchise history. In 32 postseason games for the Penguins, Stackhouse recorded 13 points. In addition to holding the franchise record for most shots in a game (14), Stackhouse is one of three defensemen to record a hat trick for the Penguins (Duane Rupp and Paul Coffey are the others).
-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Noah Welch. A second-round pick in 2001, Welch spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2005-06, Welch appeared in five games and recorded four points. After 22 games and four points in 2006-07, Welch was dealt to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Gary Roberts. In 27 games with the Penguins, Welch recorded eight points. He is currently a member of MODO in Sweden's SHL.
-Today's Obligatory Video: Hockey Night in Canada's playoff intro montage from 2014:
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)