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Islanders gear, Nassau Coliseum. - DEJAN KOVACEVIC / DKPS

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Good morning!

Among the countless benefits of having a versatile staff is that even a pure football guy can pinch-hit.

Dale Lolley's a football lifer professionally, but he's equally equipped in baseball experience from a personal standpoint, not least of which is extensive coaching. And, like most of us, he follows all three of our teams, which helps with seasonal discussions on TV, radio and even right here on our site.

He'll apply this alter ego over the weekend in Washington, where the Pirates and Nationals have a three-game set beginning tonight. That won't be the norm, but he's buying John a breather after five nights in Chicago and, after this series, John will head up to Detroit for a series there.

• I've got Grind, and it's all pucks.

• But not today's Morning Java:

• The Penguins will face the Islanders tonight in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Taylor Haase, Matt Sunday and I will be all over it. The home team's optional morning skate starts at 10:15 a.m. at its nearby practice facility. The visitors' own optional will be at Nassau, starting at 11:30. Faceoff is at 7:38 p.m. All our hockey coverage can be found on our team page.

• The Pirates were blanked by the Cubs last night in Chicago. John Perrotto was there. They're headed for D.C., and so is Dale. First pitch at Nationals Stadium is 7:05 p.m. All our baseball coverage, including Jason Rollison's Mound Visit, can be found on our team page.

• The Steelers are now 13 days away from the NFL Draft. Dale has a piece up breaking down the first round. All our football coverage, including Chris Carter's Classroom, can be found on our team page.

• We've sold 28 Lifetime Lunatics since the revival, which means we have 72 left. Once those are gone, that'll be it for the foreseeable future. We're capping sales at 100. Get yours here.

• Taylor's Stanley Cup bracket challenge is officially underway. We've got 407 readers participating.

• Our company has unprecedented reach. If you have a business that could benefit from this, as our many longstanding partners have, our 2019 media kit has all the info you'd want. Email my wife at Dali@DKPittsburghSports.com to set up a meeting.

• Beginning this week on this feature, we'll offer one-tap access to Hunter Homistek's Prowl and Campus Chatter. Just tap either box below:

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MILLER LITE LIVE Qs AT 5

Monday: Chris Bradford
• Tuesday: John Perrotto
• Wednesday: Dale Lolley
Thursday: Taylor Haase
• Friday: Hunter Homistek, entries
Saturday: DK

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Tuesday: Cartoon Canon
Wednesday: Stats 'N' At
• Thursday: Carter's Classroom
• Friday: Friday Insider
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Taylor, Sunday and I are on Long Island, and Dale's down in D.C.:

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