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Matt Murray has been injured, the Penguins made a surprise announcement, and the defensive pairings have been shaken up. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

The biggest piece of news to come out from the Penguins yesterday (as there was a lot), was that goaltender Matt Murray has been diagnosed with another concussion, the third in his short professional career. [Pensburgh]

While Murray is away rehabilitating, it’s up to the team to ‘rise up’ and take charge to improve their play. [Post-Gazette]

Another tidbit of news from yesterday was much lighter and much more exciting: the Penguins’ alternate jerseys have been announced! [Pensburgh]

Why exactly have the Penguins given up 11 (!) goals in two games? [Pensburgh]

When the Penguins take to the ice tomorrow against the Vegas Golden Knights, we may see a revamped group of defensemen. Is Olli Maatta the odd man out? Is Juuso Riikola primed to make his NHL regular season debut? [Pensburgh]

Our podcast debuted Episode No. 2 Tuesday morning, featuring our colleague and systems expert Jesse Marshall from The Athletic. We had a lengthy discussion on the defense’s struggles and why Daniel Sprong keeps getting stapled to the bench. [Pensburgh]

News and notes from around the league...

With an NHL team in Seattle getting more and more backing by the minute, the league may be nearing the end of its ‘expansion era.’ If so, what does that mean for Quebec City? [Denver Post]

The season is well underway and with it are new odds on which NHL head coach is the likeliest to be canned. [CBS Sports]

Mental health awareness and education is taking to the forefront in the NHL. The Calgary Flames, specifically, view it as a crucial next step in player development. [Calgary Sun]