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Pens Points: ECSF Game 5

Can the Pens wrap up the series? We'll see.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning one and all (sorry we were at the synagogue all actual morning),

Game 5 is on tap tonight as the Pens look to beat the Capitals and move on to the next round. It won't be easy by any means, as the Caps will surely come out as a desperate team. Here is your game preview. [Empty Netters]

There will be no Olli Maatta tonight for the Penguins. Olli will miss his third straight game after a brutal Brooks Orpik hit, but has at least started to practice. [NBC Sports]

More finalists are being announced for NHL awards, and although Sid didn't get the Ted Lindsay nomination, he was announced as one of the finalists for the Hart Trophy. [CBS Sports]

Baby Geno is on the way! Geno and his fiancee Anna Kasterova are expecting. Your move, Sid. [Sovetsky Sport]

Tampa Bay Lightning have moved closer to eliminating the New York Islanders by winning in OT last night to push their series lead to 3-1. Nikita Kucherov has stepped up big time. [ESPN]

Hockey Worlds are on. Canada beat the US 5-1, Patrik Laine is insanely good, and everybody else is having a good time, it seems. Here are your hilarious power rankings. [IIHF]

The Washington Post and Neil Greenberg are concluding that the Pens are up in the series because they are more lucky than good. Luck is awesome. [Washington Post]

We will probably see some changes in Caps lines tonight; looking for some chemistry, Barry Trotz may move Kuznetsov up with Ovechkin and Oshie, and Backstrom down. [Washington Times]

SB Nation is starting a new blog covering women's hockey: NWHL, CWHL, NCAA and international women's hockey, and they are looking for a site manager. Keep your eyes and ears open! [SB Nation]