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Saturday Pens Points: Hockey night in Canada looms

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The Penguins head to the great white north for the premiere game of the week on primetime in Toronto

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5 questions for the Penguins to answer. A productive Conor Sheary would go a long way on a couple of these.. [Post-Gazette]

The Pens have gone from not enough centers to potentially 6 natural centers in the lineup tonight. [Tribune Review]

“I’m not gonna lie — it’s a little intimidating,” Jooris said after his first practice with the Penguins on Friday. “I was a little nervous coming in this morning, just meeting some of the guys in the room.” Well then. [Trib]

Evgeni Malkin is playing so well even Rossi is being positive and not cryptically hinting that he’s about to be traded. That’s how you know things are going well in Pittsburgh! [Trib - Rossi]

Grungy Boston sewer rat Brad Marchand has been fined $2,000 by the league for embellishing and trying to sully the name of our sweet, sweet Olli Maatta. [NHL.com]

In AHL action last night, the Wilkes-Barre/Scrantion Penguins downed the Binghampton Devils 3-2 in overtime. Teddy Blueger scored the GWG. J.S Dea and Gage Quinney also with goals on the night for the Pens. [All About the Jersey]

Maples Leafs goalie Fredrik Andersen is tired of being asked if he is tired. Andersen has seen a league-high 1,895 shots and has given up 3+ goals in 11 of his last 13 starts. [TSN]

Trade deadline pickup (and longtime rival Montreal player) Tomas Plekanec is still adjusting to his new situation to be with Toronto. Plekanec has no points and is a -1 in four games with the Maple Leafs. [TSN]

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Around the league:

Columbus has pushed back above the playoff line with their 4th straight win last night over a hapless Detroit team. [Jackets Cannon]

Familiar names in the running for candidates for the now vacant Carolina GM job. Luckily no Bill Guerin here, which is good, he doesn’t want to answer to a hands on owner anyways. [Canes Country]

Matt Cullen scored a goal and added an assist last night in a 5-2 Wild win over the Canucks. And in the best season that not many are talking or thinking too much about, Eric Staal scored his 37th goal of the season too! [Hockey Wilderness]

Dallas center Martin Hanzal is having season-ending back surgery and a 6-7 month timeline puts the start of next year in jeopardy too. [Defending Big D]

Washington has given a contract extension to general manager Brian MacLellan. To celebrate how ‘bout he follows up that Oshie extension with a fresh one for Brooks Orpik? [Nhl.com]

Is Ryan O’Reilly undervalued or overrated? [Die by the Blade]

New Tampa defenseman Ryan McDonagh has been cleared for contact and won’t be out for much longer, it looks like. [Twitter]