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Pens Points: Prey Becomes the Predator

Pens return from break with victory over Predators to halt losing skid. Teammates defend Malkin after Top 100 snub.

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Whatever sour feeling was left over from consecutive losses before the All-Star break was washed away on Tuesday night with a 4-2 Penguins victory over the Nashville Predators. Making his seventh start in a row, Matt Murray turned away 37 of the 39 shots he faced on the evening. After falling down 1-0 in the first period the Pens bounced back and potted four straight goals to erase the deficit and build a lead they never surrendered. [Pensburgh]

Everyone knows the Penguins are a strong team but like every other strong team they do have some weaknesses that could spell doom come spring. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Playoff hockey is still a few months away but a tough road is already forming for the Pens playing in the Metro division. [Trib Live]

Nine current or former Penguins made the NHL Top 100 list this past weekend. Notably absent from the list was center Evgeni Malkin. Malkin’s teammates did not take kindly to the omission. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Former Penguins’ forward James Neal returned to Pittsburgh on Monday and shared his thoughts on the Pens Cup run, Evgeni Malkin, and much more. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Continuing with their 50th season celebration, the Penguins franchise will host their final alumni night of the season on Friday before their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the NHL...

The trade deadline might not be the end of trading this season. Once the sale is complete, the Vegas Golden Knights can begin to assemble their roster for next season. That could be as early as March 1st. [Sportsnet]

Not all is bad for the New York Islanders at the moment. On Tuesday they signed veteran goaltender Thomas Greiss to a three year extension. [Newsday]