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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins return to action Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Dallas.

FSN Pittsburgh will televise the contest at 8:30 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 8 p.m. The broadcast may be found live through streaming audio on as well. Tune in for Penguins Hotline following every game on 105.9 The X and the Penguins Radio Network. Join in the conversation with host Bob Grove by calling the Penn Telecom toll-free line at 1-866-922-2874.

Email and maybe Bob Grove or Phil Bourque will answer your question during the second intermission of the game.

It marks the first contest for the Penguins (21-17-8) since Saturday’s 8-2 rout over the Maple Leafs. Most of the Penguins were off four days for the All-Star break before returning to practice Thursday in preparation for Friday’s contest.

Meanwhile, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Ryan Whitney will meet their teammates in Dallas. The four have been in town for the All-Star festivities. Malkin, Staal and Whitney took part in the YoungStars game, while Crosby was the lone Penguins player to skate in the All-Star Game on Wednesday.

Crosby continues to lead all NHL players in scoring with 72 points (24+48) through 43 games. Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis is next with 66 points (30+36) through 50 games. Crosby has points (3+4) in his last four games.

Additionally, Malkin continues to lead in the NHL rookie scoring race with 52 points (24+28) in 42 games. Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar is second with 42 points (13+29) in 50 games. Malkin is riding a five-game points streak (5+7).

Michel Ouellet also has a five-game points streak (2+7) for the Penguins as does defenseman Ryan Whitney (0+6). The Penguins return to action Saturday at 9 p.m. in Phoenix.



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