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Good morning one and all,

Sidney Crosby is dealing with a lower-body injury that will be re-evaluated today before determining whether he will be in the lineup this evening. Given that it's the last game before the Christmas break, normally it would seem prudent to hold him out and let it heal, but these aren't normal times. [PPG]

There are at least some good news, as Kris Letang practiced on Sunday for the first time in a little while, meaning he's closer to returning. [Penguins]

*GM Jim Rutherford sat down with Jonathan Bombulie to assess the team's performance so far this season. I want to say it's always darkest before dawn, but I too felt physically ill after the Carolina loss. [Trib]

Blue Jackets tonight, so here is your scouting report. [Penguins]

Bryan Rust was recalled in case Crosby can't go tonight, but beyond that there won't be any more muscle in the lineup for the grudge rematch. [Trib]

John Tortorella has at least temporarily dropped his Pen-bashing now that BFF Mike Sullivan is the new head coach. It really was weird to read all the gushing lovey-dovey stuff. [Columbus Dispatch]

Pete DeBoer is excited about being part of World Cup of Hockey. A long interview with the Sharks bench boss, who will be the assistant coach for North American 23-and-under team for 2016. [NHL]

With WJC about to kick off in Finland, a look back on the classic 2004 final between Canada and US. [NHL.com]

We hear so much about male hockey players and the many concussions they suffer. Here is a good article that details how concussions have affected the female players and how they are dealing with them. [Globe & Mail]

JJ scored his 732th career goal Sunday to move into sole possession of the 4th place on the all-time goal-scoring list. Next up, 9 more goals will tie him with Bret Hull. Also, Iggy scored his #598. [NHL]