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Pens Points: Carolina game day

News and notes for the Pittsburgh Penguins on 12/31/2014

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Happy New Year everyone! Believe it or not the Penguins have a game tonight, so let's get those links rollin':

Speaking of crappy schedules, the Pens tried to change their start time for Saturday. Apparently the Stillers have a fussball game of some importance also in town on the same night. Not sure, need more reports. However, the league could not oblige the Pens, so their 7:07 start will have to happen. Will be interesting to see what the crowd is like that night. [Biz Journals]

Don't look now but the Pens are getting healthy again - Beau Bennett, Craig Adams and Christian Ehrhoff all have imminent returns to the lineup. [Post-Gazette]

And Thomas Greiss is over the mumps and back too... [Tribune Review]

..Which means it's back to the AHL for Jeff Zatkoff. He'll be joined on the trip down by Brian Dumoulin and Dominik Uher, whose services are no longer needed (for the moment at least) due to the veterans getting healthy. [PG]

Staying down on the farm, Reid McNeil is sick but no one wants to use the "m" word just yet. [Citizens Voice]

A very good game preview - check out all the stats and a possible lineup for Carolina tonight. [Canes Country]

Congrats to Colgate for beating Robert Morris to win the Three Rivers Classic. [Trib]

Jamie Benn gave his stick away during a game, but then tweeted that he wanted it back. [Defending Big D]

The Rangers could use another goalie. For organizational depth, not to take the starter's job, if you couldn't guess. [Blueshirt Banter]

A great article about how much Nick Leddy has meant to the Islanders this season. [Lighthouse Hockey]

Some Avs fans are fired up and ready for change. And that change is trading Ryan O'Reilly. I imagine the queue for interested teams would be 29 deep. [Mile High Hockey]

The Oilers held on to beat the Kings last night. There's a headline I didn't think I would write. [Pro Hockey Talk]

The Panthers signed impressive (and huge) youngster Nick Bjugstad to a 6 year, $24.1 million dollar extension. This could be an absolute steal in a few years, as the already good player (who already leads them in goals and points so far this season) continues to improve. Good deal for them. Personally, every time I think about Bjugstad, I remember how he was selected the pick just before Beau Bennett. From my couch I was hoping that Bjugstad would fall to Pittsburgh. Alas, it wasn't to be. [Miami Herald]

Very real chance tomorrow's Winter Classic gets delayed by the sun. Womp womp. That would be bad though, since it would push hockey back and have to compete partially against the big time college football games. As if this game could have any less buzz. [Washington Post]