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Sidney Crosby is about to capture another record, the Penguins are prepping for another onslaught, and a few surprising stats from the first three games are analyzed. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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The Penguins and Flyers will resume their first round series tonight when Game 4 will be played at Wells Fargo Center. The Penguins will be looking to apply the stranglehold and take the third out of four wins needed to advance, while Philly is looking to even up the series once again. But before the first drop of the puck...

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

Sidney Crosby hasn’t been able to permanently surpass Mario Lemieux in many of the team’s statistical categories, partly because of the vastly different eras the two superstars skated in. But should Sidney notch a single point in Game 4 tonight, he will tie Lemieux’s playoff scoring record. [Trib Live]

The Penguins were quite fortunate to have Matt Murray in net during the first period of Game 3 on Sunday. Had it not been for the netminder’s strong performance early on, we may be talking about a different scenario at this point. The Penguins know that the Flyers will be bringing another onslaught tonight, in hopes of evening things out. [Trib Live]

The Pens are not afraid to be aggressive and take chances. It’s this mindset that helps them create offense. [Pensburgh]

There are a few surprising stats to look at now that we are three games into this divisional duel. [Pensburgh]

Patric Hornqvist has been declared out for tonight’s contest, while Sean Couturier’s status remains a question mark after colliding with Radko Gudas. [Pensburgh]

News and notes from around the NHL...

What’s it like to be in ‘adult timeout’ in the NHL? [Sports Illustrated]

Here are some of the biggest NHL awards snubs. [Sporting News]

The league waters down its own product by creating too many rivalry matchups in round 1. [SB Nation]

For those who haven't heard or seen her, here is the story of Keelan Moxley, otherwise known as ‘puck girl.’ [ESPN]