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In today's Pens Points, we try to familiarize the Steeler fans who may not have been following the Pens until now, Sidney Crosby may have created another 'rift,' and the Pens made another roster move in advance of tonight's game. Read on to find out more!

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Here are your Pens Points for this Tuesday morning...

The Pens are back in action tonight to begin the unofficial second half of the season. The Penguins will battle the Predators as they look to make up some ground on the Blue Jackets, who the Penguins just so happen to play against on Friday night, in what looks to be a fairly high-stakes divisional game. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00!

For the Steelers fans who may not have been as involved in the Penguins' season until the Steelers' season ended, here are some 'Tomlinisms' to familiarize yourself with what has happened with the Pens up until this point. [Trib Live]

The Pens announced that forward, Carter Rowney has been recalled from WB/S. [Penguins]

Sidney Crosby has some 'splainin to do. [Pensburgh]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Ever wonder what your favorite NHL All-Stars look like as South Park characters? Yes? Well, today is your lucky day. [Yahoo Sports]

Alex Ovechkin vows to play in the 2018 Olympics, even if the NHL does not attend. [Toronto Star]

Jersey advertising is not something the NHL has in mind. At least, not yet. [Yahoo Sports]

Here are 5 ways the NHL can improve the All-Star Game for years to come. [Fox Sports]