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Pens Points: A California Crusade

A Guentzel-centric edition of Pens Points is on tap as the Penguins begin another West Coast road trip!

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The Penguins return to action tonight when they begin a three-game California road trip, with the first stop in Anaheim to face the Ducks. Looking to win their fifth straight game, the Penguins will have a lot to fight for, especially since they need all the points they can get at the moment. But before the late-night puck drop...

Here are your Pens Points for this Wednesday morning...

Injuries and the Penguins, for the most part, go hand-in-hand. With injuries to Bryan Rust and Carter Rowney, the Penguins PK unit needed to be reshuffled. That’s when Mike Sullivan called upon Jake Guentzel. [Trib Live]

As well as adjusting to this new role as a penalty killer, Guentzel is also settling in to his role as the centerman for the third line. [Post-Gazette]

Many fans may have noticed that the Penguins seem to rely a bit too much on the power-play. But no one can deny the success of the man advantage has helped fuel the team’s overall success. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Defense looks to be the focal point of the Golden Knights moving forward. [NBC Sports]

“What do the kids listen to these days for entertainment? Kid Rock? Kid Rock.” [Yahoo Sports]

It looks like John Tavares wants to remain a New York Islander. [Sportsnet]

Here’s how a 32-year-old rookie made it to the NHL. [Chicago Tribune]