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Well, I am making some progress, the morning links may actually make up in the morning today! That is saying something, especially considering the fact that the clocks sprung forward last night robbing an hour of sleep. So with that, grab your coffee, danish, bacon and eggs, Red Bull, defibrillator or whatever it is that you use as an eye opener in the morning and settle in for your morning links!

First off, Dave Molinari tells us that the Penguins will not be seeing a familiar face when they take the ice against Tampa Bay this afternoon. Pittsburgh’s own Ryan Malone will miss the game due to the dreaded “undisclosed injury.”

Malone Out Today

Sticking with the Post Gazette, Dave Molinari takes some time to tell us about the technology that will go into keeping the ice at the new Consol Energy Center in great shape. Plus, it is always fun to read Dave’s witty banter, such as this gem: “And then there are the concourses. The ones in the new venue will be wide enough to accommodate — get this — crowds.”

Technology Keeps Ice Great

The PG had a ton of great content today… here Ron Cook talks about the craziness that is the NHL, the fact that there was no suspension handed down to Matt Cooke and why Dan Bylsma should consider sitting 87 and 71 this coming Thursday in Boston.

Cook on Violence in the NHL

Rob Rossi of the Tribune Review tells us that the Penguins and Pittsburgh are out in front in the race for the 2011 Winter Classic. The game would pit Sidney Crosby against Alex Ovechkin in the New Year’s Day classic. The piece explains that though the league wants to spread the wealth, they see no negative to placing Crosby in the game once again.

Pittsburgh a Front Runner for the 2011 Winter Classic

Here is Jonathan Bombulie’s weekly look at the Baby Penguins from the Tribune Review. The big news this week? Star prospect Eric Tangradi has suffered a concussion after hitting his head on the ice in a recent game.

Tangradi Suffers Concussion

The Tribune Review, which has already been heavily involved with advertising, pregame programming etc with the Pittsburgh Penguins, signed a 10 year founding partnership with the team and the Consol Energy Center.

Trib Signs Partnership Agreement

The Baby Penguins lost in a shoot-out, but were happy to gain a point on Wallace’s late goal.

Pens Lose, but Get Point

Here is a great piece from the Boston Globe that gauges the reaction of several Bruins’ players to the questionable penalty that was called on Craig Adams in New Jersey Friday night. Most of them didn’t agree with the call and felt that the league was trying to make up for the Savard situation.

Refs being scrutinized

The Montreal Gazette caught up with former Penguin Mark Recchi. They interrupted his lunch of a burger and onion rings to get their interview, but they find out about his fountain of youth, love of the game and working with the youngsters in Boston.

Recchi’s Fountain of Youth

Here is a great respect and admiration piece on Sidney Crosby from the Tampa Tribune. It is always nice to see the respect that Sid gets around the league, especially in a sea of “Crosby Sucks” chants.

Crosby Makes those around him better

Last but not least, NHL.com’s Dan Rosen takes a look at Evgeni Malkin’s season. Asking the question: “Are the stats misleading? Should we be seeing more from last year’s Art Ross winner?”

Rosen: “What’s up with Geno?”

More later…

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Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brian Metzer has been covering the Pittsburgh Penguins and National Hockey League since 2004. He is the host of Penguins Live Weekly, a show that airs Saturday mornings on 105.9 the X and iHeart Radio. He serves as the Pittsburgh Penguins correspondent for NHL Network Radio on SiriusXM, and is the NHL and Penguins correspondent for the Beaver County Times. Metzer is also a contributing writer for NHL.com and is the primary contributor for this site www.fromthepoint.com.

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