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Pens Points: A Defensive Downturn?

It’s time for the defense to step up, the new boards in the arena are keeping things interesting, and there looks to be a new rivalry on the horizon. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

Well, if you haven’t heard already, Justin Schultz will be out for an extended period of time after suffering a rather gruesome ankle/leg injury during Saturday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. With Schultz’s absence, it’s time for Pittsburgh’s defensive depth to kick into gear. [Pensburgh]

The Penguins’ annual 6.6K run is continuing to evolve into a very unique event. [Penguins]

The new boards at PPG Paints Arena are giving a little extra bounce to the Penguins. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the league...

A new era of NHL hockey will continue to be ushered in over the next couple of years. New rivalries are bound to be formed because of this. The Auston Matthews vs. Connor McDavid rivalry is one that the NHL deserves to see. [ESPN]

A new book is detailing the deal that was made between the NHL and Rogers Media that shows how the league sold all of its broadcast rights to the company. [City News Vancouver]

Ever wonder where the your team’s favorite player comes from? There is a breakdown of all players who have played at least one game in the league this season and their country of origin. [The Hockey News]

What is the literal cost of being a Buffalo Sabres fan? A new study from datascience@Berkeley, an online masters in data science program from UC Berkeley, has detailed what the cost of being a Sabres and general sports fan is. [Die By The Blade]