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Pens kick off last 3-game road trip of the year. Martin is back. Letang nominated for Masterton. Pens sign another prospect. Start getting used to the thought of playing the Wings.

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The Pens kick off the last road trip of the regular season. Here is the Winnipeg scouting report. [Pens official]

Paul Martin is coming back, and it can't be a day too soon. [Pens Initiative]

Sid reached the 100-point mark for the 5th time in 9 seasons, carrying the Pens all season. [SBN]

A day after signing Bryan Rust, the Pens signed forward Scott Wilson out of UMass-Lowell to a 2-year entry-level contract. [Penguins official]

Who's having good luck, and who's having bad luck this season in the NHL? Some guys are getting all the bounces, others none. [TSN]

Quite a few notable names changed homes at the trade deadline. Craig Custance looks at the new top lines and how they will fare in the playoffs. [ESPN]

The three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award were announced, and here's everything you need to know on these players. [The Hockey Guys]

Rookie or not, think before you goad Rich Clune into a fight. Patrick Wey learned the hard way. [USA Today]

Douglas Murray will have a phone hearing today (Thursday) for the hit on Mike Kostka. Yay for Crankshaft. [TSN]

Feel-good, then feel-bad, now feel-good again: Josh Harding has returned to practice for the Wild for the first time since January. [Minnesota StarTribune]

Kris Letang is the Pens nominee for the Masterton Award, given for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. [PPG]

We're getting the Wings in the playoffs, folks, so start getting used to it. Here's Gustav Nyquist turning Zdeno Chara into a large motionless object. Just imagine what he's gonna do with Rob Scuderi. Welp. [SBN]

As the Pens are heading into the postseason, here are 3 reasons for optimism. I'll take any I can find. [PensInitiative]