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The Penguins' bags yesterday after practice in El Segundo, Calif. - DEJAN KOVACEVIC / DKPS

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Good morning!

Nothing kills the time on a long flight like writing. At least not for me.

So facing the five-hour nonstop from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles at the crack of dawn yesterday, and knowing full well I couldn't sleep on a plane if I were tranquilized by an elephant gun, I whipped out the laptop after takeoff and decided to put together kind of a midpoint column on the Penguins' season. Only to realize the midpoint passed last week. Only to realize the All-Star break's still two weeks away. Only to realize my concept was broken before the first key had been stroked.

That's when, functioning on two hours' sleep, I decided to count up the team's remaining games and, however many that would be, that'd be the number of bullet points in the column regardless. Because every time I do one of these, I can't bring myself to just pick some random, round number. I've got to seek out something symbolic.

Thus, 39 bullets!

Never get like this. It isn't healthy.

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• The Penguins and Ducks get quacking tonight at the Honda Center over in Anaheim. The home team's skate is at 1:30 p.m. Pittsburgh time and the visitors, expected to be extremely optional after a full practice here yesterday, are set for an hour later. Faceoff is at 10:38 p.m. I've got this. All our hockey coverage can be found on our team page.

• The Pirates' four-day minicamp wrapped up yesterday in Bradenton, Fla. John Perrotto's flown back home, and he'll take your Live Qs at 5 today. All our baseball coverage can be found on our team page.

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