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Pens Points: Penguins Reign Over Kings

Amada Kessel is highlighted and Jamie Oleksiak is proving his first-round worth. All this and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Los Angeles Kings Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, the Penguins rounded out a back-to-back by facing the Los Angeles Kings. Following a disastrous second period against the Anaheim Ducks, the Penguins came out, rebounded, and delivered another strong performance for the win. Two goals from Patric Hornqvist and 28 saves from Casey DeSmith helped the Penguins improve to 25-20-3. The Penguins return to action on Saturday when they travel to San Jose to take on the Sharks, but before then...

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

Amanda Kessel has forged quite a legacy for herself, arguably becoming more popular than her two-time Stanley Cup-winning brother. Now, after a lengthy bout with a concussion, Kessel is ready to fight for her country on the Olympic stage once again. [Team USA]

When Jamie Oleksiak was traded to the Penguins, many shrugged or scoffed, citing his big frame and lack of offensive ability as being detriments to recent Penguins philosophies. Now, properly acclimated to Mike Sullivan’s system, the six-foot-seven defenseman is showing his first-round pedigree. [Trib Live]

From one d-man to another, Wilkes-Barre Scranton’s Andrey Pedan could prove to be the “next man up” should another injury take down a defenseman in Pittsburgh. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Willie O’Ree broke the NHL’s color barrier on January 18, 1958 while playing for the Bruins. Yet, O’Ree isn’t in the NHL Hall of Fame? [CBS Sports]

The Ottawa Senators plan to keep Erik Karlsson, barring some out-of-this-world proposal. [Ottawa Sun]

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Flyers retired Eric Lindros’ number 88. [Washington Post]