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What to watch: Penguins have a date with the Devil(s); WVU in the Sweet 16 |
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What to watch: Penguins have a date with the Devil(s); WVU in the Sweet 16

Tim Benz
| Friday, March 23, 2018 6:15 a.m
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The Devils' Travis Zajac celebrates scoring his goal in the second period against the Penguins at Prudential Center on Feb. 3, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
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The Devils' Travis Zajac celebrates scoring his goal in the second period against the Penguins at Prudential Center on Feb. 3, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.

I’m fighting my personal instincts to start the calendar with the Syracuse game because I assume most of you came here to read about the Penguins. Plus I think I can watch most of the Penguins game before the Orange begin their march to the Elite Eight through Duke anyway. And I’m a team player.

Penguins: They’re the Devils! The Devils!

Yes, Puddy, they really have been Devils against the Penguins this year haven’t they?

New Jersey has beaten Pittsburgh both times they have faced off. The Penguins lost in Newark on February 3rd by a score of 3-1. They lost at home 3-2 on February 27th.

The teams play tonight on AT&T Sportsnet at 7. They play again on Thursday.

Matt Murray is expected back in the net tonight for the Penguins.

The game gained increased importance after Thursday’s results. The other Metropolitan Division teams in contention all won. Philadelphia, Washington, and Columbus all secured victories.

So that means the Caps lead the Metro with 93 points. Columbus and the Penguins are now tied with 89 in second place. The Flyers are just a point back in third.

Meanwhile New Jersey has 82 points. That’s still good for the 8th and final playoff spots.

Still awaiting a Pitt coach

After being rebuffed a few times already by a few coaching candidates to replace Kevin Stallings, Heather Lyke and other athletic administrators are reportedly meeting today in an effort to refocus their search.

That would alarm me if such a move was necessary after just your top candidate — Dan Hurley — turned you down. You should have a “Plan B.”

So something tells me the Panthers are already down to Plan E or F. We’ll see what they come up with.

Hey, Heather, I’ve got some suggestions , if you’d like to read them.

If all else fails, how about this guy?

Yeah, yeah, I know. He gets a few too many technical fouls. He’s a little hard on his players. I’m not sold on that “four guys on the floor” thing. But I hear he recruits well in the state of Indiana, and he’s got some pretty sweet set plays coming out of timeouts.

Four more Sweet 16 games

Bob Huggins and his West Virginia Mountaineers take on the best team in the country in Villanova for Sweet 16 action tonight in Boston. It’s a 7:27 p.m. start. Here’s Huggins’ presser before the game.

The other early game is at 7:07 p.m. in Omaha, Neb. It should be a good one as Clemson looks to upset the other remaining No. 1, Kansas.

After the WVU game ends, Purdue tangles with Texas Tech in a No. 2 vs. No. 3 draw. And then, it’s the main attraction. Good vs. Evil. Right vs. Wrong. The Force vs. The Dark Side.

Syracuse vs Duke in Omaha at roughly 9:35.

It’s OK. It’s Duke. You can allow yourselves to root for Syracuse for one night, people.

Pirates vs. Phillies, 1:05 p.m.

The Pirates have a 1:05 p.m. game in Bradenton, Fla., against Philadelphia. Steven Brault will start.

The Bucs lost 5-4 to Toronto yesterday. Chad Kuhl gave up only one run as he pitched into the sixth. However, Felipe Rivero had a second bumpy line on the week, allowing a two-run homer.

Clint Hurdle says he’s not worried , though.

High schools

For a full look at the high school sports scene, click here for our coverage from the TribLIVE High School Sports Network.

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