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Pens return to PPG Paints Arena after long road trip for meeting with the Devils. Crosby and Malkin share an unbreakable bond as superstars. Blue line turning into a black and blue line as injuries pile up.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The playoff push continues tonight with the New Jersey Devils in town for a Metro division showdown at PPG Paints Arena. Coming off a shutout loss to the Flyers, the Penguins will look to rebound and keep pursuit of a division crown. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM and will be broadcast on ROOT Sports.

After a short stint with the big club to help fill in for injured players, Josh Archibald and Oskar Sundqvist have been reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. [Trib Live]

Since being acquired at the trade deadline defenseman Mark Streit has played a key role for the Pens as they battle a long string of injuries to multiple blue liners over the last few weeks. [Trib Live]

Every game the Pens play it seems like another defenseman goes down with an injury. This bite from the injury bug has forced the team to play a man down at some point almost every night. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Through the years, superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have been experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows together. Those experiences have helped them form a very special bond with one another. [Penguins]

Last year’s Stanley Cup combatants are taking very different approaches to the playoff stretch run and what goals they are setting for themselves. [Mercury News]

If you are attending tonight’s game consider throwing on some green attire to help the Penguins celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Winning the Atlantic division will give one team home ice advantage over a Metro team with a significantly higher point total. Maybe it’s time to rethink the current playoff format. [ESPN]

Yesterday Steven Stamkos hit the four month mark on his rehab from an early season leg injury. The original prognostication for recovery was 4-6 months. [Tampa Bay Times]