Good morning from cold and snowy Chicago! Flu be damned, I've made it here in one piece.
In the fifth installment of 2014 Stadium Series, the Blackhawks host the Pens in what could be the best outdoor game to date. [USA Today]
Despite the expanded format, the concept has proven popular with players and fans alike. [Trib - Rossi]
The Pens tested the ice at Soldier Field and it passed with flying colors. [PPG]
It's the Pens third outdoor game in 6 years, and it never gets old. Olli Maatta used to play outside every day back home in Finland, and is excited to take part in his first NHL outdoor game. [Trib - Rossi]
Paul Martin had surgery on broken hand, with the idea of accelerating recovery. His return is expected in 4-6 weeks. [Inside Pittsburgh Sports]
Marc-Andre Fleury's Steelers-themed Stadium Series mask fell on his head, requiring him to get stitches. Oh Flower. [Trib - Adamski]
Unlike Fleury's attacking mask, Corey Crawford's mask has gone MIA. It'll turn up on eBay, eventually. [ESPN]
The trade season kicks off with a blockbuster: Bufffalo trades Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to St. Louis for Chris Stewart and Jaroslav Halak. [NHL.com]
Tanner Glass 5-minute major was rescinded by the league. Now if they'd only rescind that PP goal...
Today is a celebration of hockey all across America. More than 400 rinks open their doors for free to all who would like to try hockey. Tonight, the Pens and the Hawks go for it. It'll be cold and fun. Let's go Pens!