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Pens Points: Home Cooking

Pens return home after back-to-back losses on the road. Streit happy to be in Pittsburgh. PETA and Pittsburgh Zoo do battle over penguins.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Coming off two consecutive losses, the Penguins will look to get back in the win column this evening when the Tampa Bay Lightning come to town. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM and will be broadcast on ROOT Sports.

Prior to puck drop on Saturday evening the Pittsburgh Zoo brought out some real penguins to be a part of the pregame ceremonies. The next day a GIF surfaced online of fireworks startling the birds. PETA penned a letter to the Penguins criticizing their use of the birds during the pregame. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Later in the afternoon, the Pittsburgh responded to the criticism with a statement of their own defending the use of real life penguins. [Fox Sports]

After adding some much needed depth on the blue line during the trade deadline, the Pens will now focus on sorting out the fourth line with Eric Fehr dealt to the Maple Leafs. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Shameless plug: I spoke with Paul Coffey, Eric Lindros, Mike Rupp, and Kevin Weekes before the outdoor game on Saturday. We talked about a variety of topics and all four guys had great insight on the game of hockey. [Pensburgh]

Following a whirlwind day that saw him traded twice in a few hours, Mark Streit is happy to be in Pittsburgh where he believes his style of play fits in nicely with what the Penguins do. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

After being traded to the Nashville Predators last summer, P.K. Subban returns to Montreal for the first time to face the Canadiens. [Puck Daddy]

There were no blockbuster trades on Wednesday afternoon but there were still plenty of action to talk about. Here is a grade for every trade that went down. [CBS Sports]