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Pens hit fifty point plateau after completing home and home sweep of the Devils.

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Coming off a short Christmas break the Penguins picked up right where they left off from Friday night with a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. The victory capped off a home and home sweep against the Devils and helped the Pens keep pace in the division. The two headed monster of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby each tallied a goal and combined for three assists on the night. Justin Schultz scored what turned out to be the game winning goal late in the second period to put the Pens ahead 3-2. Carl Hagelin and Bryan Rust added insurance goals in the third to seal the win. [Pensburgh]

Quick turnaround for the Pens now as they head back to Pittsburgh to host the Carolina Hurricanes later this evening. It will be the first meeting between the division foes this season. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM and will be broadcast on ROOT Sports.

With just a week left to vote, Pens captain Sidney Crosby still leads all vote getters in the Metropolitan division. [Penguins]

What looked to be long term injuries for Kris Letang and Trevor Daley may not be as bad as originally thought. Both players could return before the calendar hits 2017. [Trib Live]

With the success of guys like Conor Sheary and Bryan Rust, it is time for the next wave of prospects to prove they can contribute at the next level. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

As the big club was rolling so were the Baby Pens who won their sixth game in a row on Monday night over Binghamton. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the NHL...

The best trades of 2016 weren’t necessarily the ones that made major headlines. [SBNation]

Some burning questions for the NHL as we flip to 2017. [Bleacher Report]

Taylor Hall spoke candidly about what winning the WJC means as a member of Team Canada. [Player’s Tribune]