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Speed and skill are taking over defense, Sergei Gonchar has a new point of view, and Mike Sullivan wants to make the best even better. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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Happy opening week, hockey fans. After the grind of the preseason, the Pittsburgh Penguins will begin their quest for their third Stanley Cup in four years. And while the Penguins’ season doesn’t commence until Thursday, we know the NHL doesn’t wait for anyone. So here we go...

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

The age of speed and skill has taken over the National Hockey League. The Penguins know this, so they will be relying on speed and positioning, rather than size. [Trib Live]

A unique stat that may be of interest to some: the Penguins finished the preseason without taking one fighting major. [Trib Live]

The Sarge is getting a promotion this season. Sergei Gonchar will be down at ice level more frequently during games. [Trib Live]

Dominik Simon isn’t good at one specific skill, rather he’s “a guy that does everything well.” Well, Simon will be working on creating more scoring chances to round out his game. [Trib Live]

Mike Sullivan has a goal to make the league’s leading power-play last season even better. [Trib Live]

The Penguins’ biggest offseason need has been addressed. [Post-Gazette]

This isn’t Mike Sullivan’s first rodeo. He knows it takes more than just good players to win. [Post-Gazette]

After cutting back his work schedule a season ago, the hall-of-fame broadcaster, Mike Lange, will be increasing his workload for the 2018-19 season. [Post-Gazette]

New Jersey’s claim of Jean Sebastien-Dea shows just how deep the Penguins really are. [Pensburgh]

News and notes from around the NHL...

The league is trying to do its part to introduce women to the officiating profession. [NHL]

“60 minutes of hell” will carry more than one meaning for Jeff Blashill and the Red Wings this season. [Winging It In Motown]