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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins return to action Friday at 7:30 p.m. when they welcome Montreal to Mellon Arena

FSN Pittsburgh will televise the contest at 7:30 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 7 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 sixth game in 11 days for the Penguins (39-21-10), who trail New Jersey (43-20-8) by six points in the Atlantic Division standings. It is also the third game in a span that features five games in seven days for Pittsburgh.

So far in a busy March, the Penguins have won six of eight games and picked up at least a point in seven of them.

Sidney Crosby owns a nine-point lead in the NHL scoring race with 104 points (29+75) in 67 games. Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier is second with 94 points (46+48) in 71 games.

Evgeni Malkin leads all rookies in scoring with 74 points (31+43) in 66 games. Colorado's Paul Stastny is second with 67 points (23+44) in 70 games. Penguins winger Jordan Staal is sixth in rookie scoring with 38 points (28+10). He leads all NHL players with a 25.9 shooting percentage and seven short-handed goals, an NHL record for rookies.

Sergei Gonchar is tied for second in scoring among NHL defensemen with 59 points (13+46) in 70 games played. Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom has 60 points (13+47) in 71 games played.



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