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Pens Points: No Hockey on Hump Day

Patric Hornqvist has been dominant down the stretch, Phil Kessel and Derick Brassard sat out of practice, and Kevin Stevens is back, trying to inspire others who battle with addiction problems. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were given the opportunity to reflect on the upcoming playoff run. [Penguins]

Maybe it’s the new contract he signed? Or maybe he’s just feeling refreshed and ready for the postseason. Whatever the case may be, Patric Hornqvist has been on fire recently, and everything points to his hot play carrying over into the playoffs. [Pensburgh]

Both Phil Kessel and Derick Brassard sat out of practice on Tuesday. [Trib Live]

Former Penguin, Kevin Stevens, had some very inspiring this to say about his battle with addiction. [Trib Live]

Jason Mackey is back with another edition of 20 Thoughts. This time around, he focused on longtime fan-favorite, Pascal Dupuis. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the league...

Here’s a look at seven veterans of the league, as well as their chances of success for getting into the Hockey Hall of Fame. [USA Today]

Taylor Hall is certainly deserving of being the Devils’ MVP, but it’s Keith Kinkaid who has propelled the team to an all-but-guaranteed playoff spot. [The Hockey News]

What has led to Nolan Patrick’s second-half surge? [Broad Street Hockey]

The Avalanche still control their own destiny as the season enters its final stretch of games. [Mile High Hockey]

Blackhawks prospect, Henri Jokiharju, may get a shot at the big league next season. [Second City Hockey]