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Pens Points: Primetime Showdown

Malkin has been punished, Maatta has been shelved, and the Penguins are in a position to make a move. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Sidney Crosby and the Penguins will meet Connor McDavid and the Oilers tonight on Wednesday Night Hockey in a showdown of superstars. Before the two generational talents battle it out...

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

One of the superstars that won’t be suiting up for the contest is Evgeni Malkin. The centerman has been handed a one-game suspension for his egregious high-sticking play on Michael Raffl. [Pensburgh]

The bad news just keeps on coming: Olli Maatta has been placed on injured reserve will be out indefinitely after suffering an injury in the win against the Flyers. [Pensburgh]

Looking ahead, the schedule provides some pretty favorable matchups for the team to make a move in the standings. [Pensburgh]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Speaking of Crosby and McDavid, these two players are some of the biggest beneficiaries in this rebirth of high-scoring NHL games. [Sportsnet]

The Tampa Bay Lightning will play host to the NHL’s American Legacy Black Hockey History Tour Truck. [NHL/Tampa Bay Lightning]

NHL Network personality E.J. Hradek spoke to Forbes about keeping the audience engaged by balancing sports and entertainment. [Forbes]

Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak will miss an extended period of time after having surgery on his thumb. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]