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Pens Points: The Wait for Wednesday

The Penguins first round opponent has been determined, the playoff match-up may come down to special teams, and Matt Murray is ready for the fight to begin. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images

Here are your Pens Points for Monday morning...

It’s official: The Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers will meet in Round 1 of the playoffs. Prepare yourselves for a war. [Pensburgh]

The Penguins-Flyers rivalry has built-in animosity and has seen its fair share of games where grit and skill help aid in victory. However, this time around, the series may come down to special teams play. [Pensburgh]

As you may have seen by now, the junior hockey team known as the Humboldt Broncos were involved in a terrible accident en route to a game on Friday night. The Penguins have offered their condolences to a former alum whose child was involved with the crash. [Pensburgh]

As it relates to the Humboldt accident, a local company from Sewickley, PA is looking to raise funds for victims of deadly crash. [Post-Gazette]

No two Stanley Cup runs are exactly the same, but this year’s group of Penguins may be able to take some cues from the team’s past champions. [Trib Live]

Matt Murray, who has been rather up and down since returning from injury earlier in the season, is hardened and ready for the playoffs to begin. [Penguins]

Jamie Oleksiak is also ready to make his playoffs debut. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Here are all the other first round match-ups. [Bleacher Report]

The New York Times published a piece on George Parros, the former enforcer who now heads the league’s player safety department. [New York Times]

The league is finding strength in the college hockey ranks. [OZY]

Ken Dryden has come out to the support penalization of all hits to the head. [Sporting News]