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Pens Points: Hammered by the Hurricanes

There’s a recap of last night’s game, Jake Guentzel’s move to center is examined, and tonight’s Isles-Pens game is bigger than hockey. All this and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: JAN 04 Hurricanes at Penguins Photo by Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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

Last night, the Penguins met the Carolina Hurricanes for the second time in six days. Could the Penguins do the unthinkable and win two games in a row? No, they couldn't. [Recap]

It was touched on briefly in last night’s recap, but could Jake Guentzel be a long-term answer at center? [Trib Live]

Daniel Sprong and Casey DeSmith have been named to the AHL All-Star Classic. [Penguins]

Because of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ playoff game falling into the same time slot, the Penguins have moved the start time of their game against the Rangers to 7:30p. [Penguins]

For New York Islanders assistant coach, Luke Richardson, tonight is no ordinary game night. Tonight, he and the Islanders are hosting “D.I.F.D. Night.” D.I.F.D. stands for “Do It For Daron,” a mental health organization set up by Richardson and his wife to advocate for mental health awareness after Richardson’s daughter took her life in 2010. [Newsday Article] [Link to] [Islanders Release]

News and notes from around the league...

Joe Thornton lost an actual chunk of his beard after he fought Nazem Kadri. [SBNation]

The head of the IIHF says he will do whatever he can to get NHL players in the 2022 Olympic Games. [Sporting News]

Sportsnet analyzes 10 names who look to be available on the trade rental market. [Sportsnet]