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Penguins return home needing a win and it looks like help is on the way. Read all about who may be returning in today’s Pens Points.

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It’s been two weeks since the Penguins registered a victory though it has felt much longer than that. Tonight the Penguins return home for a meeting with the Ottawa Senators looking to snap a season long six game losing streak. Besides just returning home where they have been very good this season, the Penguins may be getting some help with the potential return of two key faces.

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

Get ready to snap the streak with a new Pens Points...

Praise be to the Hockey Gods, it appears the Penguins will finally be getting some much needed reinforcements any day now. Both Brian Dumoulin and John Marino were took part in practice on Monday, skating in their regular lineup spots. [Pensburgh]

Six straight losses ties the record for the longest losing streak in the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin era. Back in 2011-12, the Penguins lost six straight games then followed up the losing skid by going 9-1-0 in their next 10 games. [Pensburgh]

There is plenty of blame to go around for the Penguins current losing streak, but captain Sidney Crosby is pointing the finger at himself for the recent woes. If the Penguins hope to get back track they will need help from everyone involved. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Tuesday’s meeting against the Senators will open up a busy March that sees the Penguins play 16 games in just 28 days. It’s a heavy workload, but one that provides them plenty of opportunity to solidify their playoff positioning. [Pensburgh]

One sign that Dumoulin and Marino could return as earlier as this evening (besides them taking normal line rushes) is the news that Zach Trotman was reassigned to the AHL on Monday. Trotman played one game on the recent road trip. [Penguins]

Just four guys have played all 64 games for the Penguins this season and it looks like there will only be three to play in the first 65 games. Dominik Simon has been ruled out week-to-week with an undisclosed injury. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

In perhaps the most random assortment of “Stars of the Week” this season, Minnesota Wild forward Kevin Fiala took home top honors while Predators blue liner Ryan Ellis and Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz came in second and third respectively. [NHL]

After a seemingly league wide panic about the NHL’s emergency goaltender system, general managers have decided to leave the process as is after much discussion at the GM meetings in Florida. [NBC Sports]

There is still a long way to go before anyone has to worry about free agency this summer, but it’s never too early to think about players your team could target. Aside from some names you may know, there is a handful of European players to keep in mind. [The Hockey News]