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Pens Points: Blackhawks Game Day

Pens at Blackhawks. United Center, 12:30 pm EST, NBC, TVA Sports, City

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning one and all,

The Pens are at the United Center in Chicago where they will face off against the Blackhawks in the matinee game. Here is a full game preview. [Penguins Sauce]

Crosby and the Penguins heaped praise on Marian Hossa, who has 7 goals in the last 4 games, and Patrick Kane, who leads the Art Ross race. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Christian Ehrhoff returned to practice following a foggy couple of weeks after an unsuccessful attempt to hit Alex Ovechkin. [PPG]

Sidney Crosby already ranks among the game's greats, and at 27 already has a HOF-worthy resume. []

David Clarkson returned to the Leafs lineup last night, and oh boy did he contribute. Two fights, 27 PIMs, a hit that flattened Gonch into an ad on the boards, one ejection. All in 2:31 of ice time. That's why the guy gets paid. Leafs lose. [CBS Sports]

Which Penguins might be on the trading block? A young D? Steve Downie? [Hockey Buzz]

Oiler's defenseman Jeff Petry is widely expected to be traded before the deadline. Could he be one of the Pens' targets? [The Score]

Sunday big read: Mike Babcock, a perfectionist who hates to lose, and sometimes to win. [Sportsnet]

Another trade hit the waves just now: the Nashville Predators are all in, having acquired Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli from the Maple Leafs in exchange for a first-round pick, Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen. [Nashville Predators]

No one rocked the mullet (and ladies' hearts) quite like this guy. He'll be 90 years old and still no one will be able to take the puck from him. Happy 43rd, double J! [YouTube]