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Pens Points: Empire State of Mind

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Pens prepare for New York double to move on from the debacle in D.C.

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After being dealt a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, the Penguins were back at on Thursday in preparation for a back-to-back set against the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres. For all Islanders news check in with our friends over at Lighthouse Hockey and on the Sabres side check in with Die By The Blade in advance of this weekend’s contest.

Head coach Mike Sullivan was not pleased by the Penguins’ effort or will to win against the Capitals. [Sportsnet]

Under Sullivan the Pens have been the best bounce back team in hockey following a loss. With Sullivan at the helm they are 21-4-1 in games following a loss. [Trib Live]

If the Pens are to rebound this weekend they will likely need to do it without the help of one of their key contributors. Mike Sullivan announced on Thursday that Patric Hornqvist will miss time after being diagnosed with a concussion. [Trib Live]

Chris Kunitz may also be sidelined for this weekend’s double header after picking up a lower body injury against the Capitals. [CBS Sports]

Even though their record may disagree, the Pens are still searching for more consistent play in all facets of the game. [Penguins]

This season has been a parade to the penalty box for the Pens and general manager has seen enough and wants that trend to change immediately. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Tom Sestito was waived by the Penguins on Thursday afternoon. It could very well be the end of his time with the organization if they do not assign him to the AHL assuming he goes unclaimed. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News from around the rest of the NHL...

At 39, Marc Savard believes he could still be playing if it were not for a litany of concussions her suffered. [Boston Globe]

New York Rangers backup goaltender Antti Raanta talks about how military service for his native Finland shaped him. [The Players’ Tribune]

Matt Duchene will miss some more time for the struggling Colorado Avalanche as he recovers for the effects of a crushing hit by Jacob Trouba. [Sportsnet]