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Pens Points: Malkin Heats up, Hornqvist Annoys Goaltenders

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Good morning one and all,

*The Penguins are playing inconsistent hockey right now. Underneath the somewhat successful end results is a concerning fact that almost every player on the team has lower possession and offensive numbers compared to their prior three-year averages. [Hockey Buzz]

The second line is the closest thing to a good line we have going. Kessel says when Malkin is rolling, rest of his line feeds off his high energy. [PPG]

Right winger Patric Hornqvist isn't trying to annoy goaltenders. He just doesn't mind doing it. [PPG]

San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones, Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin and St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk are your NHL three stars of the week. [NHL]

What is going on in Nashville? The Predators loss to the Rangers were their third shutout defeat in as many games. [The Tennessean]

Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise (knee injury) is still unable to resume practice. I hope James Neal never again eats a home-cooked meal for the rest of his life. [Twin Cities]

Last night, Landon Ferraro played his first game as a Bruin. He got an assist and was interviewed on TSN by his dad. That was neat. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

Drama in Winnipeg for the NHL's most interesting sixth-place team. They are a good team with questionable goaltending. We'll see how it continues after Pavelec's injury. [ESPN]

*Blocking shots is the brave play in the NHL, but is it the right one? Examining the value of shot blocking in modern-day NHL. [Sportsnet]

*How hard is it to find good NHL goaltending? Also, how likely are NHL teams to misjudge their goaltenders? [Hockey Graphs]

The NHL has been one of the most important and impactful leagues for the Movember Foundation. [Winging It In Motown]

Has a decision on NHL expansion to Quebec City and Las Vegas been delayed awaiting an arena vote in Seattle? [Seattle Times]

The NHL will implement comprehensive cocaine screening by season’s end. [NBC Sports]

According to a recent Forbes valuation, the Maple Leafs are no longer NHL's or even Canada's most valuable team. [Sportsnet]

Set your DVRs to HBO at 10 pm tonight, as you'll get an extensive look into the legend (and my favorite sportscaster) Mike "Doc" Emrick in a one-on-one interview by Andrea Kramer for "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. [CSN Chicago]

And for the end, wishing a very happy 80th birthday to the one and only Eddie Johnston!