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About the Blue Jackets - 03-28-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Blue Jackets.

When and where: 7 p.m. EDT. Nationwide Arena

TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Ohio.

Record: 37-29-6 , 80 points. The Blue Jackets are in fourth place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.

Leading Scorer: Ryan Johansen, 54 points (29 goals, 25 assists).

Last Game: 4-2 home win against the Red Wings, Tuesday. Johansen scored two goals for the Blue Jackets.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-3 home loss, Dec. 29. Nikita Nikitin had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets.

Blue Jackets Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: James Wisniewski (right). Just because.

Ex-Penguins on the Blue Jackets: Mark Letestu, C; 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: Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger, a native of Plum (No, really!), has 365 career points, second-most among any Pennsylvania-born NHL player. Lightning forward and former Penguin Ryan Malone, a native of Upper St. Clair, has the most with 369.

Best Blue Jackets Video We Could Find: Center David Vyborny scoring the first penalty shot goal in Blue Jackets history against the Blackhawks in 2000-01:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (34-17-4, 2.37 GAA, .915 SV%) for the Penguins. Curtis McElhinney (9-9-1, 2.75 GAA, .909 SV%) for the Blue Jackets.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Marcel Goc ("lower body") is doubtful. Centers Joe Vitale ("upper body") and Evgeni Malkin (foot) are out. Right wingers Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (foot), Pascal Dupuis (knee), defensemen Kris Letang (stroke), Paul Martin (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Blue Jackets, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (illness) and defenseman Ryan Murray (knee) is out.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a morning skate. With fully knowing the status of Bennett or Goc, we'll just list their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Kings last night:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 22 Lee Stempniak
36 Jussi Jokinen - 16 Brandon Sutter - 18 James Neal
49 Brian Gibbons - 57 Marcel Goc - 17 Taylor Pyatt
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 59 Jayson Megna

3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
44 Brook Orpik - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
5 Deryk Engelland - 4 Rob Scuderi

The Blue Jackets held an optional morning skate. Their expected lines and defensive pairings are.

38 Boone Jenner - 19 Ryan Johansen - 8 Nathan Horton
11 Matt Calvert - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 13 Cam Atkinson
71 Nick Foligno - 42 Artem Anisimov - 18 R.J. Umberger
24 Derek MacKenzie - 55 Mark Letestu - 14 Blake Comeau

51 Fedor Tyutin - 21 James Wisniewski
7 Jack Johnson - 47 Dalton Prout
15 Nick Schultz - 58 David Savard

Notes:

The last time the Penguins played the Blue Jackets, this happened:

-The Penguins' magic number to clinch a playoff berth is one point.

-The Penguins have won the first four meetings of the season against the Blue Jackets.

-Adams has 99 career assist.

-Dubinsky has 98 career goals.

-Our live blog, direct from our couch, begins at approximately 6:45 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: John Grieshop/Getty Images)

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The Mangum Sweater

Written by Scott Mervis on .

Mangum

This picture from the Carnegie Music Hall show posted on Twitter shows The Mangum Sweater.

Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum wore it when he played the venue solo in January 2013 and had it on again Wednesday night for the band's brilliant show. It was really hot in there (as always!), so I can't imagine what it must have felt like under the lights.

When a fan yelled out that he was wearing the same sweater, he responded playfully, "I have two f---ing sweaters. What the hell do you want?"

You won't find much in the way of pics or video from the show because security was swarming like secret service, creating plenty of a distraction, even to Mangum.

This messageboard comment sums it up: 

 

The show was great, the people yelling s--t during interludes really killed the mood, and the sing along wasn’t bad, since jeff was really encouraging it anyway.

The flashlights on people taking photos and videos, that s--t just got ... annoying and kept distracting me from the show.

All said and done, I had a good time though.

 

 

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Baseball fashion, family-friendly fun and more

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Take me out to the ballgame -- in style!

In this week's Setting the SEEN, Natalie Bencivenga and I talk about some stylish ways to show off your sports pride, plus several family-friendly events happening across the city this weekend.

Check out the video below for the full scoop.

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Doug is keynote speaker in Venango County Saturday morning

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog corydalis luteaCorydalis lutea so one of the plants I'll talk about Saturday at the Venango County Garden Collage. It's the ultimate "low maintenance" plant.Photo by Doug Oster

I'm excited to be the keynote speaker Saturday 3/29/14 at 9am in Franklin, Pa up in Venango County.

I'll be talking about "The Low Maintenance Garden." I've got lots of tips and tricks too keep the work to a minimum. Right after that I'll lead a break out session and talk about three of my favorite things, "Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil."

The Venango County Garden Collage runs from 9amto 4pm and is filled with great garden speakers and vendors.

Here are all the details.

 

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West Liberty gives more Pittsburgh connections to the NCAA tournament

Written by Mike White on .

It has been documented this week how this is a one-of-a-kind year with Pittsburgh area connections in the NCAA tournament. The Millers - Archie and Sean of Blackhawk - are coaching brothers who have made the Elite 8 at Dayton and Arizona, and Kentucky's John Calipari (Moon) will try to join them tonight.

Arizona plYWE T.J. McConnell (Chartiers Valley) is in the Elite 8. Iowa State's DeAndre Kane (Schenley) will try to join him tonight.

But now there's even more to add to this Pittsburgh-NCAA connection that really is making this an unbelievable year. The West Liberty University team has made it to the NCAA Division II national championship game tomorrow. West Liberty beat South Carolina Aiken, 86-83, in last night's semifinals. 

Mike LambertiWest Liberty has three WPIAL players and two of them are significant parts of the team. Mike Lamberti (pictured to the left), a graduate of South Fayette, started last night's semifinal and had six points in 13 minutes. C.J. Hester of West Mifflin is one of the top C.J. Hesterplayers on the team. Although he isn't starting now, Hester (pictured to the right) still is a vital part of the Hilltoppers and is third in scoring at 14.3 points a game. He played 23 minutes in the semifinals and scored nine points.

Both Lamberti and Hester have both started 17 games this season. Lamberti plays 14 minutes a game and averages 4.8 points. Hester is second on the team in minutes at 28 a game.

Lamberti is a 6-5 sophomore forward and Hester a 6-4 junior forward. Hester has scored more than 1,000 points for his career.

West Liberty is in the national championship game for the first time in school history. West Liberty (31-3) will play Central Missouri (29-5) tomorrow at 3 in Evansville, Ind., in a game that will be televised live by CBS.

The Millers, Calipari, McConnell, Kane and now Lamberti and Hester, this really is an incredible year for Pittsburgh hoops "representing."

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