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Jeff Zatkoff

Kings, Penguins bound by family, professional ties

Kings, Penguins bound by family, professional ties

PITTSBURGH — Greetings from Pittsburgh. The Penguins and Kings held their morning skates at the Consol Energy Center in preparation for their game Thursday, and in talking to players and coaches from both sides afterward, the links between the teams became a recurring theme.

Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma and assistant coach Tony Granato both played for the Kings, and Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi, of course, was a key member of the Kings’ 2012 Stanley Cup championship team. He departed last summer as a free agent, and the Kings have keenly felt his absence.

Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, who’s scheduled to start Thursday’s game for the Penguins, is a former...