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Pens Points: Free Falling

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Blame can be put on a lot of players during this skid, the team needs more from Riley Sheahan, and the league may be doing everything it can to avoid another lockout. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Penguins return to action tonight (*gulp*) when they return home to face Jack Eichel, everyone’s favorite executive Jason Botterill, and the surging Buffalo Sabres. Prepare for another grueling test of your patience and sanity by reading up on some NHL headlines before the game!

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

Losing eight of their last nine games is, uh, how you say, not good. With this uncharacteristic skid hurting the Penguins all over the place, plenty of blame can also be passed around in just about every facet of the team’s game. [Trib Live]

On the flip side, for those glass-half-full types, while the sky looks like it’s falling for the Penguins, there are a few things that the team and the fans can be happy about. [Post-Gazette]

The Penguins could use more production from just about every player right now. But if the bottom-six is going to turn anything around, the team needs a better overall game from Riley Sheahan. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the league...

The NHL looks to be doing everything in its power to avoid another lockout. [New York Post]

The Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping teams will step up to the plate with their best offer for William Nylander. [FanSided]

Through the first quarter of NHL regular season action, here is every team’s best player. [The Hockey News]

The league may be examining Regina, Saskatchewan’s viability to potentially host an outdoor game. [Sportsnet]