China has never been good with pro-democracy protests like the one happening in Hong Kong. Let's hope this demonstration ends better than the one in 1989.
-The Penguins closed out the preseason with a 2-0 road win against the Red Wings.
-If you watched this, you need some professional counseling. This was some bland, bland hockey.
-Sidney Crosby was back and he looked fine. He maybe didn't have the same spark he normally provides but he seemed more than comfortable. Whatever limited him during training camp didn't appear to impact him in this game.
-The Penguins used Crosby on a line with Chris Kunitz and Patric Hornqvist. Any signs of chemistry between the three was minimal. Crosby even went offsides once on a rush into the offensive zone.
-That said, expecting instant chemistry for Crosby with a new right winger in his first game in five months is hardly realistic.
-Blake Comeau scored the Penguins' first goal on a scrum in the Detroit crease. He also took three penalties. So it was an up and down game for him. He capped off a solid preseason.
-We can see Comeau serving as this team's version of what Richard Park was to the 2011-12 team. Or what management hoped Chuck Kobasew could be in 2013-14. A utility guy. He can play either wing and seems comfortable in a variety of roles.
-Oskar Sundqvist scored the Penguins' second goal off a rebound and he's given management something to consider when it makes its final cuts. He's played well for someone getting his first taste of NHL action. When the Penguins came to training camp with an assortment of bottom-six forward options, Sundqvist probably wasn't on the radar of too many people including the management of this team. After this preseason, he's a big blip on that radar.
-Sundqvist, 20, has a decent amount of size (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) and he's not afraid to go the net. With Evgeni Malkin potentially injured going into the regular season, Sundqvist could be useful earl on.
-The Penguins' third line tonight was Nick Spaling, Marcel Goc and Comeau. And that line was pieced together for a preseason game with injuries being a factor. How much better of a third line is that in comparison to most of the third lines the Penguins worked with last season?
-With Hornqvist working on the first line, Pascal Dupuis was moved to the left wing on the second line. He worked with Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie. There wasn't a great deal of chemistry on display with that trio.
-Spaling was involved in both Penguins' goals. He was in the mix on the scrum leading to Comeau's goal. Then he fired a rebound shot which created another rebound leading to Sundqvist's goal.
-Dan Carcillo worked on a third line with Sundqvist and Craig Adams. His impact was minimal.
-Christian Ehrhoff and Kris Letang once again looked pretty sharp as a duo.
-Paul Martin and Scott Harrington were fairly inert as a defensive pairing.
-Simon Despres and Rob Scuderi didn't look very comfortable with one another.
-Marc-Andre Fleury recorded a shutout. Outside of a few spurts by the Red Wings, he wasn't under a great deal of sustained pressure.
-The Penguins will have two days of team building exercises in the Poconos before returning to practice Saturday.
(Photo: Paul Sancya/Associated Press)
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Though you could understandably be excused for not wanting to remember that you attended Sunday's Steelers 'game' against Tampa Bay, you can look for yourself in the stadium via the Pittsburgh Gigaportrait Project.
Using a super duper (actual technical term) camera, photographer James Albright captured the interactive photo, which besides being a beautiful picture is a lot of fun to zoom in and out of. I was able to find myself and my buddy in section 510.
This was taken in the fourth quarter while the Steelers were still ahead.
Click the screen grab below to launch the site, and check out more Pittsburgh Gigapan pictures here.
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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.
-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)