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Pens Points: Tampa Bay Game Day

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The Pittsburgh Penguins prepare for their first game of 2015 against the Tampa Bay Lightning

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Happy New Year everyone, the Penguins are back at it tonight so let's get to the links.

If you missed it as a part of your NYE revelry, check out our monthly ups and downs! [Pensburgh]

Is 2015 going to be the year of Beau Bennett? Hope is a dangerous thing, Andy Dufresne. (But let's hope so anyways. Worked out ok for old Andy.)  [Hockey Buzz]

Derrick Pouliot has impressed but some in the organization think more time in the minors might help him defensively. [Tribune Revew - Yohe]

The Pens are excited to be getting back Steve Downie soon and taking another step towards health. [Trib - Mackey]

Apparently there was some sort of outdoor game yesterday that had an exciting ending. [Japers Rink]

Ever wondered why there are only 2 outdoors games this season? The answer, as usual, is that Flyers fans ruined it. But only temporarily, expect more next season. [Broad Street Hockey]

The Dallas Stars want to host a Winter Classic, but that's probably not happening any time soon. [Punch Drunk Love]

Keith Aulie of the Oilers got rung up for the standard "first suspension" of 2 games for his hit to the head of Matt Stajan . [NHL.com]

In case you missed, scratch a name off the potential trading block, Columbus inked Nick Foligno (he of 17 goals and a 22.1% shooting percentage that he surely will sustain) to a six year $33 million contract. $5.5 million cap hit per year. [Jackets Cannon]

But former first round pick, 23 year old forward Zack Kassian was a healthy scratch last night for Vancouver. He's been inconsistent and battling injuries but is big, can skate and has pretty good hands. Worth keeping half an eye on if he further falls out of favor. [Pro Hockey Talk]