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Pens Points: The Date is Set

Matt Murray admires Holtby, the Capitals are trying to protect their turf, and players’ after-game habits are analyzed. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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NHL: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

ICYMI: The NHL has announced that the start time of Game 1 between the Penguins and Capitals will be Thursday at 7 p.m.

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

Matt Murray’s opposite in the Washington series will more than likely be Braden Holtby. And the 2016 Vezina Trophy winner is a player Murray admires. [Trib Live]

An East Pittsburgh funeral home has sent its condolences to the Philadelphia Flyers after being bounced from the playoffs. [Trib Live]

History is on the Penguins’ side for the upcoming showdown, but many players toss those stats out the window. [Trib Live]

The Capitals are trying to stop Penguins fans from showing up at the Capital One Arena. [Post-Gazette]

From The Office to Fornite, here are some of the ways Penguins players try to sleep after a game. [Post-Gazette]

Goaltending may be the deciding factor between the Penguins and Capitals. And Matt Murray has the edge when it comes to playing between the pipes. [Post-Gazette]

Washington carries a dangerous aurora with them. It’s something the Pens will have to watch out for. [Post-Gazette]

Hooks went back to analyze some past trends from previous Pens-Caps meetings. [Pensburgh]

Are you wondering how Washington may try to tickle the twine against Matt Murray? Take a look back at how their goals were scored against the Penguins this season. [Pensburgh]

It was reported yesterday that both Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin are both ‘day-to-day.’ [Pensburgh]

News and notes from around the league...

Noticing an uptick in suspensions during this year’s playoff run? Here’s why: [Forbes]

Take a look inside NBC’s coverage plans for the playoffs. [USA Today]