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Pens finish regular season on the road with a chance to finish #2 in the conference.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning one and all,

The Pens start the last road trip of the regular season in Ottawa. Here is tonight's game preview. We'll likely see Matt Murra in goal again as there are yet no updates on Fleury. [Yahoo Sports]

*Today's long read and highly recommended. LetangForNorris won't happen, but here's why it should. [Pens Inside Scoop]

Beau Bennett is not your average fourth liner, and Sheary-Sundqvist-Bennett is not your typical fourth line. [Empty Netters]

The Rangers won and clinched a playoff spot last night, but Ryan McDonagh left the game with an apparent hand injury sustained while blocking a shot. He will be evaluated today. [Sportsnet]

Steven Stamkos underwent successful surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome and is expected to make a full recovery. The very best wishes for him. [Tampa Bay Lightning]

Stammer's injury and absence obviously won't slow down the speculation about his future, whether in Tampa, Toronto, Buffalo, or elsewhere. [TSN]

Goalie decisions highlight the last 7 days of the regular season, although the rapidly piling injuries to goalies may render most of these decisions moot (Andersen and Allen are now both out). [NHL]

The Canadiens don't really have much to play for any more, so they recalled John Scott for one last hurrah. He will skate for the Habs tonight. [USA Today]

The Avs won't make it to 90 points. What does the future hold and is there room for both Matt Duchene and Patrick Roy in Denver after this season? [Denver Post]

Pavel Datsyuk is reportedly considering skipping out on the last year of his Red Wings contract to finish his career in the KHL for personal reasons. Because his is a +35 contract, the Wings would be stuck with the $7.5M cap hit that would cripple them. No way does Pav do this. [Detroit Free Press]

Watch all the outtakes from Marc-Andre Fleury's awesome commercial for Magee-Womens Hospital. [UPMC]

Congratulations to team USA on another gold at the Women's World Championships courtesy of Alex Carpenter's OT winner against Canada. [AP]

And we again leave the best for last, which is of course JJ68. A guys was repping Jagr Pens jersey in Air Canada Centre and JJ skated up behind him for an epic selfie. [SI]