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Sidney Crosby's ridiculous backhand is analyzed, Daniel Sprong is continuing to tear up the QMJHL, and the NHL's playoff format is taking more and more heat. More on these topics, plus more notes and tidbits in today's Pens Points.

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

The Pens are back in action tonight as they travel to Ottawa to battle with the Senators. For all Sens news, check out everyone over at Silver Seven! Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30!

In relation to the previous game against the Sabres, Buffalo defenseman, Rasmus Ristolainen, will have an in-person hearing today for his hit on Jake Guentzel. Guentzel has since been diagnosed with a concussion.

For the second straight month, Daniel Sprong has been named the QMJHL's 'First Star.' Spring has sprung. It's only a matter of time until Sprong springs into a Penguins sweater as well. [Penguins]

Ever wonder why Sidney Crosby scores so easily on his backhand? For a longer, more in-depth answer, check this out. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Are the Oilers responsible for holding back Connor McDavid? [The Copper & Blue]

The NHL's playoff format is drawing more and more criticism. [CBC Sports]

Here is continuing coverage of SB Nation College Hockey's list of the top 100 NCAA Prospects for 2017. The list covers players #31-35. [SB Nation College Hockey]

Blackhawks prospect, Alex DeBrincat, has won the OHL scoring title. [Second City Hockey]