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We will be hosting a live blog for tonight's Blackhawks-Penguins game at Consol Energy Center. The game is scheduled to begin at approximately 7 p.m. and will be televised on WPCW (Channel 19 on most cable/satellite systems).
Our blog will begin at approximately 6 p.m.
The Penguins' projected lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
19 Beau Bennett - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
39 Harry Zolnierczyk - 17 Dustin Jeffrey - 22 Matt D'Agostini
15 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 12 Chuc Kobasew
4 Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
47 Simon Despres - 2 Matt Niskanen
(41) Robert Bortuzzo, (3) Olli Maatta and (51) Derrick Pouliot alternated as a third pairing.
(37) Jeff Zatkoff is scheduled to start in net with (29) Marc-Andre Fleury as the backup.
The Blackhawks did not hold a morning skate and they are sending a lineup to Pittsburgh minus most of their big names.
Forwards - 11 - Jeremy Morin; 14 - Drew LeBlanc; 22 - Jimmy Hayes; 24 - Phillip Danault; 25 - Brad Winchester; 27 - Ben Smith; 29 - Bryan Bickell (above, with Pouliot); 37 - Brandon Pirri; 38 - Ryan Hartman; 42 - Jaokim Nordstrom; 46 - Maxim Shalunov; 51 - Brad Mills; 52 - Brandon Bollig; 56 - Terry Broadhurst; 58 - Byron Froese
Defensemen - 4 - Niklas Hjalmarsson; 6 - Mike Kostka; 8 - Nick Leddy; 17 - Sheldon Brookbank; 27 - Johnny Oduya; 34 Dylan Olsen; 70 - Theo Peckham
Goaltenders - 39 - Nikolai Khabibulin; 31 - Antti Raanta.
Khabibulin is scheduled to start in net.
In other roster news with the Penguins, forward/enforcer Steve MacIntyre was claimed off waivers by his former team, the Oilers.
In parts of two seasons, MacIntyre, 33, appeared in 13 games for the Penguins. He had no points and 12 penalty minutes. He returns to Edmonton where he spent three of the first four seasons of his NHL career.
Additionally, the Penguins assigned forward Bobby Farnham to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Farnham, 24, appeared in one preseason game with the Penguins this month, a 5-4 road loss to the Blue Jackets Sept. 15. He suffered a "lower-body" injury in that game and has been sidelined since. In 65 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season, he scored 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and racked up a team-leading 274 penalty minutes.
In a move at the AHL level, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins signed former Oilers/Ducks goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers to a professional tryout contract. A second round pick of he Oilers in 2002, Drouin-Deslauriers spent last season in the Ducks' organization, primarily at the ECHL level. He last saw action at the NHL level with Anaheim in 2011-12.
In three NHL seasons, Drouin-Deslauriers has appeared in 62 games and has a 23-32-4 record with a 3.24 goals against average, a .901 save percentage and four shutouts. He spent the entire 2006-07 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins while as an Oilers prospect when Edmonton and Pittsburgh had an AHL affiliate sharing agreement.
-EN Says: During a preseason game with the Canucks Saturday night, the Oilers saw two of their young star players, Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall, take blows to the head. Gagner took a stick to the face which resulted in a broken jaw while Hall was relatively fine after taking a elbow.
Less than 48 hours, the Oilers brought back MacIntyre, arguably the toughest man in hockey.
Say what you will about MacIntyre (right) or players of his talent levels, many teams still value that element in the game.
During his time here, MacIntyre was criticized for never fighting for the NHL Penguins. First, he spent relatively little time at the NHL level with this organization. Second, the list of opponents willing to fight MacIntyre was very short. He is very respected (or even feared) as a fighter.
With MacIntyre gone, one would presume Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond would become the AHL Penguins' enforcer.
Farnham didn't seem to have much of a chance to make the NHL roster even before being injured. If he hopes to make it this level, he needs to reign in his antics as a pest somewhat and play more discipline. He's a tenacious player who can skate at this level but he's far too undisciplined.
The timing of the Drouin-Deslauriers signing is hardly a coincidence as it comes on the heels of Tomas Vokoun's bout with a blood clot. But we're not sure it signals much at the NHL level. He hasn't played in the NHL for a long time. This is most likely a signing to create some competition for Eric Hartzell and Peter Mannino at the AHL level.
UPDATE: Former Penguins forward Brenden Morrow was on a conference call with St. Louis media this afternoon. He was asked a question about the Penguins' style of play:
Is the Blues' style more conducive to your game compared to how the Penguins play?
"Well yeah. I enjoyed sitting there and watching those guys do their thing. I started in the league with [Ken Hitchcock] and … in Dallas our system was tailored to a lot of the things the Stars … the success they had in the late 1990s and early 2000s when [Hitchcock] was running the ship. That’s what I’ve grown up. That’s what I knew as a player. I think I was brought to the Penguins for a reason … to keep playing that same way and I wasn’t going to try and do something I wasn’t and play a certain way that I’m not used to. It was enjoyable to watch them compete and play the way they play but this is more … I guess tailored to the way I play."
(Photos: Bickell/Pouliot-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; MacIntyre-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Brand management on social media can be a tricky thing. Companies don't want to be viewed as insensitive by using Twitter or Facebook to take advantage of a tragic situation, but opportunities to be part of a social media conversation can give brands great visibility. But such opportunities usually require quick action, and a smart approach.
(Spoilers of last night's "Breaking Bad" episode, "Granite State" and the Aug. 18 episode "Buried" follow, read this post later if you haven't seen them yet).
Last night on the penultimate episode of "Breaking Bad," bus bench lawyer Saul Goodman was preparing to go on the lam, after client Walter White's meth empire imploded. Saul, played by actor Bob Odenkirk, @mrbobodenkirk bemoaned his fate to Walt, (played by actor Bryan Cranston @bryancranston): "If I'm lucky, in a month from now, best-case scenario, I'm managing a Cinnabon in Omaha," Saul said.
Seattle-based Cinnabon rose to the challenge:
It wasn't the first time a Saul Goodman reference inspired some social media cleverness. In the Aug. 18 episode, "Buried," when Saul tried to suggest Walt should kill his brother-in-law Hank, a DEA agent, Saul tried to speak in code, rather than advise his client to commit murder.
"Have you given any thought to 'sending him on a trip to Belize'?" he asked Walt.
Realizing what he meant, an angry Walt told Saul the idea was out of the question, and not to mention it again. "I'll send you to Belize," Walt snarled to Saul.
The Belize Tourism Board @belizevacation took what could have been a not-so-flattering reference and turned it around: They tweeted out invitations to "Breaking Bad" actors to visit the Central American country, including the actor who played Hank, Dean J. Norris @deanjnorris:
What do you think are the best (and worst) examples of brand management on Twitter and other social media? And what do you think is going to happen to Walt, Jesse and the rest of the "Breaking Bad" universe? Lots of trips to Belize, perhaps...
Photo credit: AMC
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Every season there comes a time when I'm compelled to lie on my ample belly and discover what's happening in the garden at ground level.
Much of the activity goes unseen as we walk by occasionally glancing down.
There's beauty, adventure and mystery hidden right before our eyes.
Even weeds or plants we don't grow for their flowers can look beautiful under close inspection.
Before the frost hits, take a minute to see what's happening down low in your garden.
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Hey, Steel City ... ready to sashay the night away? How about the entire week?
Ready or not, Pittsburgh Fashion Week kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. its fourth year of festivities with runway shows at Highmark Stadium featuring designers with Pittsburgh ties. They are Alicia Akrie, Debbie Weiss and Faith Pongracz of Faith n' Khaos.
Head over to Highmark Stadium early to check out the Fashion Avenue vendor fair (free admission) from 2 to 9 p.m.
While it only lasts one week, Pittsburgh Fashion Week takes months of preparations and several people to pull it off. Here is a look at the event by the numbers:
Number of days: 6 fashion-focused days
Events: 8 chances to learn about fashion and beauty-related businesses and talents in Pittsburgh
Venues: 7 spots across Pittsburgh, each picked to show off the city's diversity
Volunteers: About 20, who are trained to help coordinate various aspects of events
Stylists: About 10 Pittsburgh-based hair and makeup artists
Models: Dozens! Each designer's runway show features about a dozen designers, and there are about a dozen runway shows this week.
Attendance: A few thousand in 2012, including guests and participants. About the same or more are expected this year.
The vision: "When I was modeling 10 years ago, I worked a lot," Pittsburgh Fashion Week founder Miyoshi Anderson said. "I saw in the past decade the decline of work and the fashion industry sort of lying dormant.
"I've seen [Pittsburgh Fashion Week] encourage them to open up and develop their own companies, just getting it out there. They're really pushing forward with the exposure."
Learn more or purchase tickets at www.pittsburghfashionweek.com.
Photos: At top, models pose for a promotional Pittsburgh Fashion Week photo shoot along Smithfield Street, Downtown, in 2011. (Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette) At right, Pittsburgh Fashion Week founder and director Miyoshi Anderson.