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Pens get another shot at clinching a playoff spot against the Red Wings tonight. Catch up on the latest team news before puck drop with Pens Points.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Penguins enter tonight’s back end of their home-and-home set with the Detroit Red Wings in the same position as Tuesday night: win and they clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the 13th consecutive season. As we saw two days ago, they Red Wings will not simply lay over and let the Penguins have it easy, they will have to go out on earn it.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on AT&T Sports Network.

Start off another game day with the latest news in Pens Points...

If the Penguins are to do anything once the playoffs start, then they better find their offense in a hurry. Since losing Evgeni Malkin to injury on March 16, the Penguins offense has gone dry, averaging just two goals per game over their last nine games. [Pensburgh]

Some good news out of practice today surrounding the status of Malkin. After missing the team’s last eight games with an upper-body injury, Malkin looks ready to return tonight against Detroit. As for injured defensemen Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin, Letang practiced in a limited capacity while Dumoulin was absent. [Pensburgh]

More on Letang from Wednesday’s practice: he was skating in a non-contact jersey, but he does hope to be back in the lineup sooner rather than later. He also confirmed to reporters that the injury he is currently dealing with the is the same injury he just returned from. [Trib Live]

In the first period of Tuesday night’s loss to the Red Wings, goaltender Matt Murray came within inches of making a spectacular save on Tyler Bertuzzi to keep the game scoreless. Upon review, video showed the puck just crossing the line while in Murray’s glove, resulting in a goal that got the Red Wings rolling early. [Trib Live]

Regardless of how this season turns out for the Pens, there will no doubt be some player movement in the offseason whether through free agency or the trade market. There are a select few players who you can list as untouchable, but for the rest, it could be open season if the right trade falls into place. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Just like most of us, it’s coffee that gets the Penguins going everyday. Coffee has become a staple in locker rooms around the NHL, especially right here in Pittsburgh. On road trips, several players venture to a nearby Starbucks for their fix while others are perfectly content with whatever they can get their hands on. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

If the NHL is to make any chances to its current playoff format they will not becoming this offseason. Reports are saying the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to keep the current playoff format in place through at least the 2019-20 season. [CBS Sports]

With the playoffs only a week away, time is running out for injured players to heal in time if they hope to be in the lineup when the journey to the Stanley Cup gets underway. One of those players is Sharks’ defenseman Erik Karlsson, who has been out with a groin injury since February, but appears to be on track to return by playoff time. [NHL]