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Pens Points: Columbus Game Day

7 pm Eastern, NBCSN, SN360, SNO, SNW, ROOT

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

The Pens face off against another divisional opponent tonight when they meet the Blue Jackets. Let's preview what's at stake. []

Scouting report on Columbus is more a medicine & surgery report. They are out of the playoff race, but they at least have an excuse. And they are as good a landing spot as I can think of for Connor McDavid. []

Jim Rutherford is obviously shopping for some scoring depth, but good players will probably come at a premium. [PPG]

Alex Ovechkin claims he was just trying to shoot the puck, to which Kris Letang retorted "Apparently my leg is a puck." []

It is obvious that the Penguins took exception not just to the dirty play but to all the spin the Caps put on it. Honestly, I had hoped for better from Barry Trotz. [Trib]

Sidney Crosby missed practice yesterday due to a maintenance day, but still managed to surprise Little Penguins and practice with them. []

Zach Sill joined 93.7 The Fan for another rendition of "Backchecking with the Pens". Writeup and link to audio are here. [CBS Local]

The Red Wings need a righty defenseman, and are hoping they found their answer in recent call-up Alexey Marchenko. [Detroit Free Press]

Nice round table conversation about life after hockey with Nick Kypreos, Corey Hirsch and Colby Armstrong. Looking good there, Army. [Sportsnet]

Andrew Hammond made 42 saves in first NHL start as Senators beat Canadiens 4-2. [Canadian Press]

NHL Stadium Series is going to Levi's Stadium. They have a snazzy webcam, but the time lapse footage is interrupted by a nasty-looking raven, probably left there from SB XLVII. [The Score]

Sizing up which Maple Leafs could be traded in a fire sale. [USA Today]

Could Sergei Fedorov be targeting a future as an NHL GM? Possibly. That, and more, in excellent 30 thoughts. [Sportsnet]