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Pens Points: One day from the Flyers

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News and notes around the Pittsburgh Penguins on 10/21/2014

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Paul Bereswill

These long layoffs between games are kinda boring. But hey, Flyers tomorrow. Let's get on with the news.

The Pens did some roster shuffling today as Andrew Ebbett and Scott Harrington were assigned to WBS Penguins, meaning that Robert Bortuzzo is ready to come back. Not sure why Ebbett was sent down, though Bennett looks healthy in 6" platforms so he's probably good to go as well.

Mostly, though, I don't understand what they're doing with Scott Harrington. What was the point of bringing him up to begin with?

The Pens could use Bortuzzo and his physicality. And that right-handed shot for a natural right-side defenseman on the 3rd pair.

The Pens held an open practice yesterday attended by about 8,000 schoolchildren from the area. It was also a music-only practice borrowed from Chip Kelly. I've been to a Chip Kelly practice once and the music was horrible so I hope this was better.

Christian Ehrhoff is happy to be in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is happy to have Christian Ehrhoff. Why mess with a good thing?

Flyers' last game in Dallas was their first win, 6-5 in OT on this Claude Giroux goal. They play in Chicago tonight, where they'll attempt to solve their nemesis Corey Crawford, then in Pittsburgh Wednesday.

Jeremy Roenick describes life after 13 concussions sustained in his 20-year career. I recently listened to a radio interview with Keith Primeau who, years after retiring due to concussions, still gets in a car to drive his kids to school, only to not be able to find the school.

Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was released on a $50K bond following a domestic violence arrest. Meanwhile, he is suspended indefinitely with pay and still counts against the cap while the team doesn't really have a way of replacing him.

The only game tonight is Lightning and Oilers. The Lightning have lost defenseman Viktor Hedman to a broken finger for 4-6 weeks, and then partook in the Oilers first W of the season. Oilers, per James Mirtle, aren't that bad.

The most interesting thing about that game was the debut of Jonathan Drouin who wasted little time announcing his Calder candidacy, firing this laser of a wrister for his first goal.

Back to our cross-state friends, here are five good reasons to hate the Flyers. Sid dressing as Rocky Balboa for the team Halloween party on Sunday was viewed by many as trolling Philadelphia, though the notion that Philly would figure in Sid's decision making is kind of humorous on its own.