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Pens Points: Ottawa Game Day

Your daily look at Pittsburgh Penguins and NHL news and notes.

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Good morning one and all,

The Pens face the Sens tonight in what just even a week ago everyone thought would be a ho-hum late regular season game. Not so much today. [PPG]

The Sens have been better than hot lately. Since the two teams last met on February 12, much has changed. Here is the latest Ottawa scouting report. []

Here is the preview from the Senators perspective. They can't get into the postseason on their own. In addition to winning out, they'll need some help. [Canadian Press]

Ottawa was carried to this point by a very unlikely hero Andrew Hammond, named NHL's first star of the week for the third time this season. [Sportsnet]

Recommended read #1 (a must-read): An excellent 3-part article from Mike Colligan on the future of the Penguins and is the Lemieux-Burkle era in Pittsburgh coming to an end? [The Hockey Writers]

Recommended read #2: Which players have contributed to their team's offense the most? [CBS Sports]

Recommended read #3: Bob McKenzie conducted a coaches poll in regards to end-of-season honors. Let's say Carey Price did OK. But a really great read overall from the person who is really in the know. [TSN]

Lost in the shuffle over the weekend was this chat with Daniel Winnik about all the roles he has taken with the Pens. [Empty Netters]

As the Edmonton Oil Kings season came to an end, Tristan Jarry was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. [WBS Pens]

The playoff bubble gets crazy, the Wild look human, the race to the bottom is all but wrapped up. [Grantland]

San Jose Sharks were eliminated from post-season contention last night. No, don't look in Joe Thornton's direction. [Fear the Fin]

Contrary to earlier reports, Todd McLellan might not have his out clause tied to Wilson firing after all. [Pro Hockey Talk]

Ex-Penguins forward Dan LaCouture on why he's suing the NHL. [PPG]

Fantasy championship week is finally upon us, so here's everything you need to know for your roster. []