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Pens Points: All-Star Week

We talk about the fourth line’s mix of skills, the Penguins’ record in OT has helped them survive, and Mike Sullivan has provided justification for scratching Sprong. All this and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

The Penguins’ fourth line has come under fire in recent times. The notion of disregarding the “four scoring lines” approach for bigger and grittier bodies has irked many a Penguin fan. But the fourth line is showing that they can use a combination of old-school and new-school hockey. [Trib Live]

The overtime wins the Penguins have amassed have helped them stay afloat in the middle of a clustered Metropolitan Division. [Trib Live]

If you have watched the Penguins over the last few games you may have noticed that a certain sniper has been scratched. Many fans have become perplexed over Daniel Sprong’s recent absences, but Mike Sullivan says it’s ‘just part of the process.’ [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the league...

The Oilers have hired former Penguin and Oiler, Paul Coffey, as a Skills Development Coach. [Copper And Blue]

Sportsnet has ranked the 13 names that could be used for Seattle’s potential NHL team. [Sportsnet]

The “upper body”/”lower body” charade used by NHL coaches has become commonplace in the game. But by doing so, it may actually be hurting the players. [Sentinel Source]

With their win last night against the Hurricanes, the Golden Knights have obtained the league’s best overall record. [Knights On Ice]

Jim Johannson, a prominent figure in the Olympic and Team USA Hockey scene, passed away on Sunday. [NHL]