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A new dynamic duo may be forming chemistry, a lack of job security may be a motivating factor, and we ask the question of why is Jack Johnson on the top pairing? All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

An unusual pairing we have not seen a lot of is the combination of Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel. Highlighted throughout the Penguins’ victory against the Arizona Coyotes, this new duo is showing some promise. [Trib Live]

After going on a rant proclaiming his dissatisfaction with his team, many players took notice of GM Jim Rutherford’s strong words. This lack of job security could provide a motivating factor for the Penguins moving forward. [Trib Live]

So, why exactly are the Penguins deploying Jack Johnson on the top defensive pairing? [Post-Gazette]

Bryan Rust hasn’t had the start I’m sure he wanted coming into the season after signing a new contract, but there is reason for optimism and he shouldn't be shouldering all the blame for the bottom-6 woes. [Pensburgh]

News and notes from around the league...

Tomas Plekanec and the Montreal Canadiens recently agreed on a mutual termination of the forward’s contract. [NHL]

Even as Willie O’Ree is now being immortalized in the Hockey Hall of Fame, racism is still a lingering issue in today’s NHL. [USA Today]

The Maple Leafs/William Nylander saga has taken many unexpected twists and turns to this point. Perhaps the most shocking development is the most recent one: the Leafs are available for trade talks regarding the young player. [Sportsnet]

The NHL concussion lawsuit looks to be reaching a conclusion, with a settlement of approximately $19 million likely to be agreed upon. [Forbes]