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Pens Points: Florida Game Day

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Panthers at Penguins, Consol Energy Center, 6 pm Eastern, FS-F, Root

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Happy Sunday, happy Pens win, happy Hockey Day in America, and happy 35th anniversary of Miracle on Ice!

The Pens finally played like we know they are capable of, and what do you know, they won a game. [Trib]

They come home to face the Florida Panthers, suddenly interesting because they are challenging the Bruins for the second wild card spot in the East. Here is the game preview. [Fox Sports]

The Panthers lost in Ottawa last night and Jussi Jokinen was hit late and high by Jared Cowen, which earned him a hearing. Juicy was helped off the ice but returned to the game. [Litterbox Cats]

What is it with hockey players and blood clots anyway? Isn't it time for a study? How Tomas Fleischmann keeps blood clots at bay by successfully managing the condition. [Sun Sentinel]

Sid says he jammed his wrist in the fight against Dubinsky, but that's it's fine and no ill effects from that. [Trib]

Oh who are we kidding, time to dust off those #11 shirts from the back of your closets! Despite forces of evil plotting to pull them apart, the Staal brothers are now even playing on the same line since Eric's shift from center to wing. [NHL.com]

As major position switches often go, creating a super line may lead to some short-term success but doesn't make sense in the longer term. Just in case you were planning to re-acquire Jordan Staal, then shift him to wing. [Charlotte News Observer]

The Kings spoiled the Sharks outdoor party and won 2-1 while playing in PJs. Seriously those are the worst unis ever. [NHL.com]

Sunday long read: Analytics, not statistics, are driving NHL's evolution. [NHL.com]

Must-read article: Sam Hitchcock from IntelligentHockey.com with a fantastic analysis on whether it's better to be a high-risk, high-volume player like Patrick Kane or an extremely efficient player like Sidney Crosby. Fantastic content. [Colligan Hockey]

Don't forget Panthers game time is 6 pm.