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Hagelin to make Pens debut with Kessel, Malkin; Letang out

Ottawa Senators v New York Rangers

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Carl Hagelin #62 of the New York Rangers leaves the ice following a 3-0 defeat by the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2015 in New York City. The Senators shut out the Rangers 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Plenty of storylines to follow in Pittsburgh today, as the Pens host the ‘Canes -- newly-acquired Carl Hagelin will debut on the club’s second line with Phil Kessel and Evegni Malkin, while defenseman Kris Letang is out after getting hit against Tampa Bay on Friday.

It’ll be interesting to watch Hagelin play alongside another speedster in Kessel. One of the theories as to why Hagelin struggled to fit in Anaheim is that his pace of play didn’t mesh with the Ducks’ attack. The Swede had just four goals in 43 games with Anaheim.

As for Letang, the injury doesn’t sound serious, but it will keep him out of a battle of two teams jockeying for playoff contention.

Carolina comes into today’s action on 48 points, two back of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Pittsburgh is one point back of Carolina, with 47.