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Pens Points: Canuck Puck Luck

Justin Schultz will be missed in a bigger way than you might think, playing the right side as a left-handed shot is easy peasy, and more feuds will lead to a better league. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks met at PPG Paints Arena last night for a competitive game of shooty puck. Trailing for most of the game, the Penguins managed to tie the game up with mere minutes remaining in the final period thanks to Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin.

Once the overtime session came around, all the Canucks needed was the shot of noted Penguin killer Brock Boeser to wrap the game up and give Vancouver the extra point. [Recap]

With the absence of the right-handed shot of Justin Schultz, leaving the Pens with only one naturally right-handed shot in Kris Letang, many other defensemen are chiming in to say that playing their off side is no big deal to them. [Trib Live]

Speaking of Schultz, you may be upset to lose a player like him because of his natural offensive ability. However, the Penguins may miss him more at the other end of the ice. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the league...

Reviving the “Metropolitans” name for the eventual Seattle NHL team could work, but because of prior history, it may be trickier than you realize. Seattle Baristas, anyone? [Seattle Times]

Instead of coming off as robots 99.9-percent of the time, having an injection of personality in the league will only boost the rivalries and create a much better product for the NHL. [NBC Sports]

The L.A. Kings are still struggling to adapt to this new era of NHL hockey. [The Hockey News]

Former WBS Penguin, Jean-Sebastien Dea, has been in the right place at the right time, and is being rewarded in the process. [North Jersey]

The Sean Monahan -Johnny Gaudreau connection is starting to become one that you simply can’t miss. [Sportsnet]