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Pens Points: Rivalry Renewed

Pens head to D.C. for “Rivalry Night” showdown with Captials. Malkin to join Crosby at All-Star game.

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Tonight the Penguins return to the ice for a “Rivalry Night” showdown with the rival Washington Capitals. This will be the first meeting between the sides since November, resulting in a 7-1 victory for the Capitals. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 PM and will be aired on NBCSN as a part of their “Rivalry Night” feature.

Last week Sidney Crosby was announced as the captain of the Metropolitan team at the 2018 All-Star game. Tuesday it was announced that Crosby will be joined in Los Angeles by teammate Evgeni Malkin, being selected to his 7th career All-Star game. [Penguins]

Team owner Mario Lemieux was on the ice Tuesday afternoon after team practice for an informal skate. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

A blowout loss back on November 16th to the Capitals brought the Pens back to earth and helped put them team back on the path to their winning ways. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Some good news on the injury front, goaltender Matt Murray has been upgraded to day-to-day as he continues to recover from a lower body injury he suffered against the Carolina Hurricanes on December 28th. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Ahead of their Stadium Series game on February 25th, the Penguins and Flyers with play an alumni game honoring the 50 seasons of history between the two interstate rivals. [CBS Pittsburgh]

News and notes from around the NHL...

On Tuesday afternoon the NHL announced the full rosters for the 2018 All-Star to be played in Los Angeles. [Sportsnet]

Meet Misha Donskov, the all everything go to guy for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

After captaining the Blues for several years, David Backes made his return to St. Louis for the first time since signing for the Boston Bruins last offseason. [Puck Daddy]