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Pens Points: Detroit Game Day

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On this last day of 2015, the Pens sit five points outside of a playoff spot with two games in hand. Not splendid, but not impossible either. Playoffs are still within their grasp, but they have to compete on every shift and start making up some ground.

And what better place to start than against the Red Wings, who currently occupy the first wild card slot. Puck drops at 6 pm Eastern at the Joe, and here's your game preview. [NHL]

The Wings offense isn't setting the world on fire either. They have gone more than 130 minutes without goals from anyone other than Pavel Datsyuk. [Michigan Live]

For a look through Detroit's lens, here are line combinations and other game-day information from Motown. [Winging It In Motown]

The Penguins have assigned defenseman Adam Clendening to Wilkes-Barre for conditioning purposes. [PPG]

Brad Marchand was suspended for 3 games starting with tomorrow's Winter Classic for clipping Mark Borowiecki. [CBC]

Women’s Outdoor Classic is a reason to keep dreaming fro many female players. Kelly Cooke of the Boston Pride shares her thoughts on importance of the inclusion of women’s hockey in the NHL’s 2016 Winter Classic. [Boston.com]

Is the writing on the wall for Keith Yandle and will the Rangers have to trade him? [Blueshirt Banter]

The Washington Capitals have placed Jay Beagle on IR and Brooks Orpik on LTIR. [Today's Slapshot]

Over at WJC, the U.S. boys have locked up 2nd place in group A by beating Denmark 4-1. Auston Mathews added a goal and an assist to an already stellar tournament. USA will play the Czechs in the quarters while Sweden and Russia earn byes to the semis. [Sportsnet]

The Finnish team is stacked with offensive talent, and Jesse Puljujarvi seems set to challenge Mathews for the top spot in the 2016 draft. Together with Aho and Laine, the Kid line has been simply breathtaking. They will play Canada in the other quarterfinal matchup. [IIHF]

Wishing the Pens good health and a playoff berth, and to all of you a very happy New Year! Cheers!