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Carl Hagelin is inching his way back into the lineup, there are some "X-factor" type players to look for in this series, and we'll look at the origin of the Pens-Caps rivalry. More on these topics, plus more stories in today's Pens Points!

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

The day has finally come. Tonight brings us the rematch of last year's second round match-up. The Pens are in Washington tonight for Game 1. For more insight on the Caps, check out Japers' Rink. Puck drop is set for 7:30!

Here are six players (not named Crosby or Ovechkin) who could tip the scales for their teams. [Trib Live]

Carl Hagelin is 'a whole lot closer' to returning to the lineup. [Post-Gazette]

Here is the origin story of the Penguins-Capitals rivalry. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the NHL...

If you haven't seen by now, ESPN has effectively gutted their NHL staff. [Second City Hockey]

Puck Daddy has taken a look and given their thoughts on the Jack Adams Finalists. [Puck Daddy]

Nikita Kucherov didn't mince words when discussing the work ethic of his teammates. [Raw Charge]