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Pens Points: New Jersey Gameday

Links and news for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they prepare to take on the New Jersey Devils tonight

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It won't help the Pens struggling power play to lose Patric Hornqvist and (possibly) Kris Letang. [Post-Gazette]

Slumping Sidney Crosby has one surprising backer in his corner, Alex Ovechkin. [PG]

Everyone's talking Crosby's goal drought. [Tribune Review]

With Kris Letang (undisclosed injury) having an unknown status for tonight's game, the Pens have recalled Brian Dumoulin from the minors. If Letang can't play, Dumoulin will have to. If Letang does play, Dumoulin is probably a healthy scratch. []

Some research on the Pens man games lost. As you could guess, it's not ideal. [The Pensblog]

In case you missed it over the holiday break, tonight's opponent the Devils fired their coach and replaced him with Adam Oates AND Scott Stevens, and as always Lou Lamoriello is in the picture too. More on this most unusual arrangement. [In Lou We Trust]

And, as always check out ILWT for the best game preview around. [ILWT]

Old friend Jordan Staal will make his season debut tonight for the Hurricanes, after breaking his leg in the pre-season.[News and Observer]

Richard Panik got drilled last night by Scottie Upshall. [Puck Daddy]

Team USA got a 6-0 over zee Germans last night in the World Juniors. []

Canada has also looked very good early in the tourny, and Russia bounced back with a big blowout win too yesterday. [The Score]