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Pens Points: Toronto Game Day

Your daily look at Pittsburgh Penguins news and stories.

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The Penguins end a 5-game road trip tonight against the Maple Leafs. Here is your scouting report of the suddenly-hot Toronto. []

Phil Kessel shows off his shot that still wows his Maple Leafs teammates. [Yahoo Sports Canada]

Shuffling of Penguins top lines is expected in the immediate future. Hornqvist is expected to skate with Malkin tonight in Toronto. [Yohe - Trib]

As expected, Olli Maatta's tumor was indeed cancerous, but the kid is back on the ice practicing with the team. Olli strong. [WFP]

Olli could actually return sooner than the originally estimated 4 weeks. Current estimate for his return to the lineup is 5-6 days. [PPG]

Penguins notebook: Crosby, Malkin defend prospect McDavid's decision to fight. [Yohe - Trib]

Crosby understands the target McDavid has on his back, having played junior hockey in the "clutch and grab" era. [The Chronicle Herald]

Kris Letang will co-chair AHA's annual Heart Walk on Sunday at Heinz Field. []

Ryan Malone lands in Hartford 30 years after Whaler dad. [Hartford Courant]

The NHL, hockey journalists and fans have all hopped on the "Big Data" movement, and Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Statistics is behind a large effort to make sure analytics are used effectively. [CMU]

With all due respect to Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur and other great goalies, Dominik Hasek was one of a kind. A great story by Katie Strang. [ESPN]

An excellent segment by Michael Farber on Senators' GM Bryan Murray's ultimate battle with cancer (video). [TSN]

He never did anything in a subtle way. This is the prevailing tune in a series of hilarious commercials for a Swedish internet provider done by Tomas Holmstrom. [The Hockey News]

In the end for all the puppy cuteness, the 2015 Pens & Paws calendar is on sale now. []