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Pens Points: Columbus Game Day

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Good morning one and all,

The Pens are in Columbus for tonight's matchup against the Blue Jackets. Here's your game preview.

Judging on the line rushes in practice yesterday, Fehr and Hagelin will be back in the lineup. Sheary was sent back to Wilkes-Barre, while Sestito looks to be 13F. [Penguins]

Derrick Pouliot is saying all the right things, but it's obvious his confidence is taking a hit. Coaches never worry about the future. For them, the future is now, no matter how myopic that is for the organization. [Trib]

The Pens are taking a cautious approach to getting Beau Bennett healthy. I'm sure I've typed this at least 50 times previously. [PPG]

Many interesting nuggets and tidbits in yesterday's Pens chat with Seth Rorabaugh. [PPG]

It was a scary sight last might to see PK Subban immobilized stretchered off the ice after a collision with Alexei Emelin. He suffered a "non-serious" neck injury and was released from the hospital this morning. [NBC Sports]

Goaltending 101: What exactly does "cutting down the angle" mean, and how do goalies do it? [InGoal Magazine]

Dan Boyle worked as a roadie last summer for Faith No More while they were on Sol Invictus tour. I went to two concerts on that tour. My opinion of Dan Boyle is instantly magnified. [Rolling Stone]

We haven't heard much from Dallas Eakins since his firing from the Edmonton Oilers. He has moved on and now sees it as "a gift". [Sportsnet]

Marc Crawford will not be returning to the Zurich Lions, who were the top seed but were surprisingly swept in the first round of the Swiss League playoffs by 8th seeded Bern. [Sportsnet]

Which also means that Auston Matthews is done with his hockey season in early March. Will it hurt his draft standing? He is eligible to play for USA at the Worlds, which would be good for him. [CBS Sports]

One of the greatest players to never win a Stanley Cup, Bill Gadsby, passed away. Here is a great writeup on him. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

For the rising Maple Leafs star Nikita Soshnikov, breaking barriers is all in a day's work. Good job to whoever discovered this kid for the Leafs. [Sportsnet]

Continued kudos for a large stream of great articles by hockey players. The latest may be the best yet. How responsible and focused Max Domi has to be to play hockey at the highest level with type I diabetes. [The Players Tribune]