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Pens Points: Let’s Take This Outside

Pens add Hainsey to bolster battered defense. Good and bad news on the injury front. Pens and Flyers prepare to battle outdoors.

Just in time for Saturday’s Stadium Series contest against the Philadelphia Flyers the Penguins added a new face to the lineup with the acquisition of veteran blue liner Ron Hainsey from the Carolina Hurricanes. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Good injury news: It looks like Justin Schultz will return to the lineup on Saturday night after battling a concussion. [Trib Live]

Bad injury news: Kris Letang suffered a knock in Tuesday night’s game against the Hurricanes and is now listed a day-to-day with an upper body injury. His status for the outdoor game is unclear at this time. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Worse injury news: Defenseman Trevor Daley underwent successful knee surgery on Thursday morning and will miss the next six weeks. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Five months after replacing Consol Energy as the sponsor of the Pens home arena, PPG announced a new partnership with the NHL to become the league’s official paint brand. [Penguins]

Kids taking part in the Penguins’ “Learn to Play” program on Thursday got the surprise of a lifetime when they were joined by Sidney Crosby and several other players for their morning practice. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Every year there a few teams who overpay for a player at the trade deadline. Here are a few players who teams may pay too much for on March 1st. [Sportsnet]

The NHL Entry Draft is still a few months off but the top prospects are starting to come into view. [Detroit Free Press]