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Pens Points: Starting Off the Week Feeling Good

There’s a recap of last night’s game, Jim Rutherford is surprised, and we wonder if Carter Rowney can make a difference now that he’s returned to the lineup. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

The Penguins and Stars met last night at PPG Paints Arena, as the Pens were concluding the second game in their latest back-to-back set. When the dust settled, the Penguins came out on top with a convincing 3-1 win. [Recap]

Matt Murray and Bryan Rust are recovering from concussions, but are ramping up activity. [Trib Live]

Jim Rutherford was replaced as the Carolina Hurricanes’ GM by Ron Francis. With Francis recently being relieved of his GM duties, it came as a surprise to the longtime Carolina exec. [Post-Gazette]

Carter Rowney made his return to the lineup during Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs. Now that he’s back, how can he make a lasting difference for the team? [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the league...

The NHL wants its players and coaches to stop complaining about its incredibly confusing rules to the public. [Sportsnet]

Having the league enter China in 2022 for the next Olympic Games is possible, but not entirely necessary if the league wants to grow the game in the country, according to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. [Washington Post]

The league has finally entered the realm of esports. [Polygon]

Here are five individual streaks that will never be touched. [The Hockey News]