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Pens Points: Carolina Game Day

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Good morning one and all,

The Pens host the Hurricanes tonight at Consol. Here's their chance to keep determining their own fate. Your full game preview here. [Canes Country]

**Happy 19th birthday to Danny Sprong! In his honor, take a look at this article that lays out just how much of a steal he was at #46 in the draft. [Prospect Stats]

Tom Kuhnhackl has come a long way, from ECHL two years ago to a legitimate future in the NHL. A good look at the young winger by Seth Rorabaugh. [Empty Netters]

Sometimes I really feel like I'm in an alternate universe. Cole & Schultz, for example. Watching them closely on Sunday, as a pairing they are about as effective as my vacuum cleaner when it sucks up a handful of tiny legos. Lots of spinning and noise, but no actual cleaning. Though Schultz can put the puck on net, I'll give him that. [PPG]

Scott Wilson could miss more time than initially projected. No wonder since he was reported seen on crutches and a walking boot. [PPG]

An excellent article about the evolution of Ben Bishop, who is affirming himself among the elite American-born goalies in the NHL, and his stance on the upcoming changes in goalie equipment. [The Score]

Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns are each having an offensive season for the ages. Right behind them is Kris Letang, but probably no hope of catching them due to games missed. [CBS SPorts]

Don't look now but everyone's favorite orange team is in a playoff spot. The Flyers beat the Wings and the Blackhawks on back-to-back night, and now look to be getting Jake Voracek back just in time for Saturday. Oh goody. []

Also, Rangers are on a 3-game California trip which they will probably sweep because why not. That's how things go. They did beat the Ducks last night. [NBC Sports]

Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson will undergo shoulder surgery that will end his season. [Blue Jackets]

Speaking of Columbus, John Tortorella really does live in the wrong time. Pleistocene epoch, where he would've done well, was about 1.8 million years ago. [Columbus Dispatch].

And for the end, is this newly exciting HNL parity a good thing? I know, I know. Canadians were happier when there were only 6 teams. [Down Goes Brown]

Happy St. Paddy's day everyone!