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Pens Points: Has NHL Really Improved on Bad Hits?

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning one and all,

Sorry for the late edition today - we are adjusting to west coast time so everything will be 3 hours late.

The Pens weigh in on the dearth of goals in the NHL. They are the most obvious example, but hardly the only team struggling to score. [PPG]

The Pens have re-assigned Bryan Rust to Wilkes-Barre, ostensibly so he can wrap up his rehab and hopefully get back on the ice sooner rather than later. [Penguins]

Daniel Sprong is still around and chilling at the press box. Can we please not do that any more? Just play the kid. [PPG]

Mike Johnston agrees with the Dubinsky suspension. That makes him about the only person on the face of the planet to think the DoPS is correct. [Trib]

*Interesting article and I wonder if folks agree. Has the NHL really improved in how it deals with bad hits? [Down Goes Brown]

Consistently outpossessed and outshot but carried by Lundqvist's insane metrics, the New York Rangers PDO bonanza has come to an end. [Blueshirt Banter]

The whole Alain Vigneault / Claude Julien feud is kind of hilarious. What is not hilarious is that Derek Stepan will be out for 4-6 weeks with broken ribs. [The Score]

*A very interesting read from Bob McKenzie on Jake Walman, talented Providence defenseman who holds dual Canadian and U.S. citizenships and has opted to play for team USA at World Juniors. There's only one tiny hiccup - IIHF denied his eligibility. [TSN]

Scary moment happened in the KHL when Yugra's Vitaly Sitnikov got his throat cut by Ladislav Nagy's skate. Thankfully he got away with only needing stitches to close the gruesome cut. [Sportsnet]

Undercover Duck is a pretty funny video in which Ryan Kesler gets a makeover and becomes a Ducks fan for a day, and even scores a Corey Perry autograph. [YouTube]

During the Thanksgiving holiday we learned that Geno popped the question to his girlfriend of two years - many congratulations to Geno and Anna, and we want a little Geno Mini-Me soon!