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There’s a recap of last night’s game, the newest Penguin player shares a similar path with a current one, and we look at how divisional realignment could reshape the NHL. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

The Penguins met the Colorado Avalanche for the second time in six days last night, this time getting their rematch in the comfy confines of PPG Paints Arena. Well, after blowing a 3-0 lead, all hope seemed lost for the Penguins on the night. Enter Patric Hornqvist. [Recap]

The Penguins’ newest player, Marcus Pettersson, shares a surprisingly similar path with another Penguins defenseman, Brian Dumoulin. [Pensburgh]

Seattle has officially been named the home of the NHL’s newest and 32nd franchise. With that, our own Mike Darnay looks at a potential divisional realignment scenario that could create some new and interesting rivalries. [Pensburgh]

Daniel Sprong needed to show more than upside and a flashy shot to get a more consistent chance at cracking the Penguins lineup, according to Mike Sullivan. [Trib Live]

Even with scoring a natural hat trick against his his buddy Nathan MacKinnon and the rest of the Avalanche in their first meeting, Sidney Crosby retained no bragging rights for the impressive feat. [Trib Live]

Before the game, former-Penguin-turned-Avalanche Ian Cole jokingly claimed he would walk out before the Penguins could play his tribute/return video. [Post-Gazette]

Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Penguins shared some of their thoughts on the newest expansion team. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Speaking of Seattle and expansion, here are all the details you need to know about the franchise so far. [Yahoo Sports]

And with all this expansion talk still fresh on the minds of those in the hockey world, some fans are looking at Quebec City once again, as the league seemingly has left the starving hockey hotbed in the dust. [CBC]