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Pens Points: Dupuis is Out, Return of Maatta?

Pascal Dupuis doesn't travel with the team and is out for tonight's game in Montreal. Defenseman Olli Maatta, however, might be back in the game just a couple weeks after having a cancerous tumor removed.

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The Pens are in Montreal without Pascal Dupuis, who visited a doctor Monday and it was decided he would miss the trip. [Trib]

Which means the team will have to use new lines. Based on practice yesterday, they're going to keep the Malkin and Sutter lines the same and shift Blake Comeau up from 4th line to play with Sidney Crosby. Talk about a promotion. [Post-Gazette]

Something feels different about this year's Pens team. [PensInitiative]

A look at a Blues forward that the Pens could target in a trade. [HockeyBuzz]

Olli Maatta spoke with reporters on Monday after practice. He's a game-time decision for tonight. []

Everyone, including opponents and former teammates, is impressed with the way Olli has handled this adversity. [Trib]

As if on cue, Mr. Smarty Pants Paul Stewart asserts the refs have the patience of angels by letting Crosby harp on them too much. Tedious name dropping is the highlight of this guy's post-hockey existence. [Hockey Buzz]

Minnesota Wild have activated Josh Harding, lifted his suspension and promptly placed him on waivers. Will he get another chance in the NHL? [Star Tribune]

While NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he's in favor of legalized sports gambling, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says not so fast. On fantasy sports vs gambling: "It's like playing Monopoly versus actually buying real estate." [Sportsnet]

Bettman sees himself as the commissioner for at least another 5 years. He has the NHL popular again. [Denver Post]

NHL will meet with 2018 Olympic organizers to see 'where hockey fits in the pecking order'. [The Score]

Dry scrape, three-on-three overtime on agenda for NHL general managers meeting. [The Canadian Press]

Gary Bettman doesn’t have much sympathy for cap-crunched Kings. [Sportsnet]

Marty Brodeur is patiently waiting for another opportunity. []

Ryan Callahan and Marty St. Louis played their old teams last night, and Tampa got the best of it. Did MSL make a mistake in requesting the trade? [The Hockey News]

Habs tonight. Check out Mike Darnay's preview with Habs EOTP and don't forget game starts at 7:30 pm. [Pensburgh]