A preview of the Blue Jackets.
When and where: 7 p.m. EDT. Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Ohio.
Record: 5-6-0, 10 points. The Blue Jackets are in fourth place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (right), 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists).
Last Game: 4-3 home loss to the Blue Jackets, Sunday. Artem Anisimov had two goals for the Blue Jackets.
Last Game against the Penguins: 4-2 road loss, Feb. 26, 2012. Curtis Sanford made 36 saves for the Blue Jackets.
Blue Jackets Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: James Wisniewski. He has points in four consecutive games.
Ex-Penguins on the Blue Jackets: Ryan Craig, C; Mark Letestu, C; Craig Patrick, senior advisor of hockey operations; Todd Richards, head coach (Richards was formerly the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins), Ville Siren, head amateur scout.
Ex-Blue Jackets on the Penguins: None.
Useless Blue Jackets Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Penguins captain/center Sidney Crosby has the third most penalty minutes of any player selected in the 2005 NHL draft with 425. Blue Jackets right winger Jared Boll has the most with 977.
Best Blue Jackets Video We Could Find: Former Penguins goaltender Ron Tugnutt recording the first shutout in Blue Jackets history:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (9-2-0, 1.81 GAA, .927 SV%) for the Penguins. Sergei Bobrovsky (4-6-0, 2.60 GAA, .916 SV%) for the Blue Jackets.
Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Chuck Kobasew ("lower body") and defenseman Rob Scuderi (broken ankle) are out. Right winger Beau Bennett ("lower body"), left winger James Neal ("upper body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Blue Jackets, center Boone Jenner ("lower body") is day to day. Right winger Nathan Horton (shoulder) and left winger Matt Calvert ("lower body") are on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not use regular lines or defensive pairings at today's morning skate. Consider this a guess:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 59 Jayson Megna
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter - 22 Matt D'Agostini
5 Deryk Engelland - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
2 Matt Niskanen - 58 Kris Letang
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 3 Olli Maatta
-According to the team's Web site, the Blue Jackets' expected lines and defensive pairings are:
71 Nick Foligno - 42 Artem Anisimov - 10 Marian Gaborik
55 Mark Letestu - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 13 Cam Atkinson
14 Blake Comeau - 19 Ryan Johansen - 18 R.J. Umberger
39 Michael Chaput - 24 Derek MacKenzie - 40 Jared Boll
51 Fedor Tyutin - 47 Dalton Prout
27 Ryan Murray - 21 James Wisniewski
7 Jack Johnson - 58 David Savard
-The last time the Penguins' played the Blue Jackets, this happened:
-Fleury is tied with Tom Barrasso for the most goaltending losses in franchise history with 143.
-Wisniewski has 198 career games.
-Our live blog is scheduled to begin at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.
(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
My colleague Tim Grant has a piece in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about a new survey that shows prenuptial agreements are on the rise, and there's a new twist: More women are initiating prenup requests.
The survey of members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers "reported a notable increase in the number of women initiating requests for written legal contracts with their partners before they tie the knot," according to the article.
You can read the full article here:
Would you, or did you, ask for a prenuptial agreement before getting married? Why or why not?
The WPIAL playoffs start tonight with 32 first-round games. The City League championship is tomorrow. That means it's time to put on the prognosticator's hat. All WPIAL games are tonight at 7:30 and the City League championship is tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Tonight's live blog will come to you from North Allegheny at Bethel Park, but we will also have updates of other games.
WPIAL CLASS AAAA
North Allegheny at Bethel Park - Bethel Park quarterback Levi Metheny reportedly has some kind of hand injury. Even if he plays, will Bethel Park win? I say North Allegheny doesn't have enough to win a fourth consecutive title, but the Tigers certainly have enough to advance. Winner: North Allegheny.
Penn Hills at Penn-Trafford - Someone named Penn is going to be in the quarterfinals. Coach John Ruane seems to have the Warriors peaking at the right time. Winner: Penn-Trafford.
North Hills at Gateway - North Hills can't score and Gateway seems to be reeling. So, who do you take? Winner: North Hills.
Other AAAA games - Upper St. Clair over Kiski Area; Woodland Hills over Pine-Richland; Seneca Valley over Hempfield; Central Catholic over Baldwin; McKeesport over Peters Township.
WPIAL CLASS AAA
Montour at Franklin Regional - Montour coach/AD Lou Cerro suspended five players for breaking team rules. Does Montour's season also break? Winner: Franklin Regional.
Moon at West Mifflin - A battle of the backs in this one. West Mifflin's Jimmy Wheeler (pictured) led the WPIAL in rushing. Moon's Cole Blake was fifth. I like Moon's offense but I have questions about the defense. Winner: West Mifflin.
New Castle at Highlands - Highlands has lost two in a row. New Castle seems to be playing well. I think the trends continue. Winner: New Castle.
Other AAA games - West Allegheny over Hollidaysburg; Ringgold over Indiana; Thomas Jefferson over Hampton' Central Valley over Belle Vernon; Mars over Elizabeth Forward.
WPIAL CLASS AA
Seton-LaSalle at Washington - With all the player eligibility issues behind them, Washington's Little Prexies can finally concentrate on just football. Winner: Washington
Yough at Kittanning - Between these two teams, there is one playoff victory. Kittanning won a postseason game in 1975. Yough will still be winless in the playoffs after this one. Winner: Kittanning.
Other AA games - Aliquippa over South Park; New Brighton over Quaker Valley; Mount Pleasant over Valley; Shady Side Academy over Beaver; South Fayette over Greensburg Central Catholic; Beaver Falls over Summit Academy.
WPIAL CLASS A
Laurel at Avonworth - I think Laurel is better than most people think. But Avonworth has been my sleeper team in Class A all season. Winner: Avonworth.
Apollo-Ridge at Beth-Center - The Tri-County South Conference just doesn't get any respect - and rightly so. The conference usually doesn't do anything come playoff time. But Beth-Center will carry the Tri-County South banner one more week.
Other Class A games - Sto-Rox over Avella; Clairton over Frazier; Fort Cherry over Carmichaels; Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic over Western Beaver; Monessen over West Shamokin; Neshannock over Brentwood.
University Prep vs. Allderdice - Perry showed last week that someone in the City League can control University Prep's offense. Perry lost by only 6-0. Allderdice has waited 46 years since its last City League title. Well, the Dragons will have to wait a little longer. Winner: University Prep.
-“He plays like a pro, a full timer. He makes it easier for me. He can do everything. He plays good, solid defense. He moves the puck. He can join the rush. He’s really a good player to play with.” - Olli Maatta on defensive partner Robert Bortuzzo (above).
-Don't expect Beau Bennett back until next week at the earliest.
-"You better be ready to go, otherwise they can embarrass you. Six periods of hockey. It can create some intense rivalries. Not that we're looking to do that, but I'm guessing we're going to be pretty focused based on what this team can do to you. There's a fear of getting embarrassed there. It doesn't mean we need to take a back seat to these guys; it just means that if you aren't on top of your game, if you cheat and your're not responsible with the puck ..." - Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on facing the Penguins in back-to-back games this weekend.
-In 2010-11, Dustin Jeffrey had 12 points in 25 games. In the 57 games he has played since a serious knee injury, he has 12 points.
-The offensive output of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Dominik Uher has increased this season.
-A player-by-player look at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins roster for October.
-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Glen Murray (right). Acquired in the 1995 offseason, Murray spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1995-96, he appeared in 69 games and scored 29 points. During that spring's postseason, he played in 18 games and netted eight points. After 66 games and 22 points in 1996-97, Murray was traded to the Kings in exchange for Ed Olczyk. Murray, one of eight natives of Nova Scotia to play for the Penguins (Paul Andrea, Dennis Bonvie, Sidney Crosby, Lowell MacDonald, Al MacNeil, Jon Sim and Wendell Young are the others), appeared in 135 regular season games with the Penguins and scored 51 points.
-After the Jump: Maxime Talbot heads west.