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Pens Points: A Much Needed Break

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Good morning one and all,

The injury- and illness-depleted Pens have run out of gas and lost the last game before the break. At least they fought till the end. Recap here. [PPG]

The team expects to receive test results for Brandon Sutter, Steve Downie and Thomas Greiss at some point today. [PPG]

Blake Comeau has been placed on IR with an upper-body injury (rumored to be a fractured wrist) that will keep him away for 6-8 weeks. Triple yikes. [CBS Sports]

If you are an Eastern Conference team, what do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas? [Hockey Buzz]

Hold on there, Mr. Forsberg! Aaron Ekblad and Johnny Gaudreau have made sure the NHL rookie race is a race again. [USA Today]

Jack Eichel has been named captain of Team USA for the World Junior Championships. Hayden and Butcher are alternates. I wanna get an Eichel USA jersey but fear he'll get drafted by a team I don't like. Big dilemma. [USA Today]

It's probably a little late for this (though I'm headed out for yet more stuff shortly), but here are more cool hockey gadgets you can waste money on. [The Hockey News]

And here to wish you a happy holiday is the one and only, the amazing and inimitable PK Subban. In my right mind I would never, ever, never buy a Canadiens jersey, but someday I might crack and get PK's. [Vimeo]

If you celebrate Christmas, have a safe and happy holiday. If not, happy Wednesday!