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Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 11:22 p.m.

• Home games are sold out, so how can tickets be available Tuesday?

About 2,000 tickets per game are not sold. Student Rush and group plans are subtracted from this allotment.

The single-game tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday at all Ticketmaster locations and and at the Dick's Sporting Goods box office at Consol Energy Center. Fans also can purchase by phone (800-745-3000).

• Are there any changes to the Student Rush program?

No, and here is a refresher course:

Between 200-400 tickets per home game are held for students, who must present their school/college/university identification cards at the time of purchase.

The Penguins will have about six larger Student Rush games for which there are more tickets available. Those dates have yet to be determined.

• How can season-ticket holders who cannot make a game sell their tickets?

There are unauthorized ways, of course, but the Penguins encourage season-ticket holders to sell their tickets to the Ticket Exchange program. Be aware that prices can exceed face value. Also be aware that these tickets will go fast. Check daily because there is no telling when tickets will be made available.

• Free stuff rules! What is the plan for promotional items?

Owners wanted to rid the NHL of front-loaded contracts, but the Penguins are front-loading their promotional schedule. There are only 24 home games, and the first 15 will be promotional giveaways — starting with “It's a Great Day for Hockey” gold T-shirts at the Jan. 23 opener against Toronto.

A look at the Trib Total Media slate:

Mousepad (Feb. 2); Evgeni Malkin bobblehead (Feb. 13); Sock monkey (March 10).

• The Civic Arena is gone, so does that mean more parking for games?

Ding. Ding. Ding.

There will be about 1,000 extra parking spaces available on a game-to-game basis. Try to park your car in the spot where Mario Lemieux bounced that puck off Ed Belfour for the goal that turned around Game 1 of the 1992 Stanley Cup Final against Chicago.

— Rob Rossi

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