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The Penguins don't like the word "underachieved" (used by GM Jim Rutherford recently to describe the team's performance so far) and will look to shed that label. By all means let's do. [Trib]

One way to do that is playing more complete games like last time out [Post-Gazette]

The Pens weren't interested in signing Christian Ehrhoff for this season, but he's fitting in well and is healthy so far with the Kings. [PG - Empty Netters]

LA news: forward Trevor Lewis is not traveling with the team right now due to injury, so the Kings called up someone named Michael Mersch , who is expected to make his NHL debut tonight. [Jewels from the Crown]

Our Kings blog also caught up with Patrick O'Sullivan, after his story came out this week about dealing with child abuse growing up. [JftC]

The Kings are hoping to talk contract extension talks with Milan Lucic soon. [Pro Hockey Talk]

Hey don't look now, but Carey Price is on the shelf and the Canadiens don't look so invincible any more. Is this the start of a skid for Therrien's team? [ESPN]

Jaromir Jagr moves up the record books, tying Marcel Dionne for 4th all-time in goals in NHL history. [NBC Sports]

Today's fans of the day: the Jets fans who mocked Torts. [Puck Daddy]

Giant pissbaby Tom Wilson bloodies the nose of Brian Campbell, and gets a game misconduct for boarding him. [Puck Daddy]

Top Vezina Trophy contenders so far. Marc-Andre Fleury is in this mix for now, obviously, given his extraordinary play so far this season. I worry that his workload is too heavy, though, and even if the Pens do make the playoffs, Fleury already having started 70-ish games just to get them there can't be a good thing. [Sports Quotient]

The Habs sing "Let if Go" from Frozen. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

Steven Stamkos to Toronto rumors are all the buzz...But could the Leafs actually afford Stammer? A look at their salary structure [Pension Plan Puppets]