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Pens Points: Devilish Divisional Duel

Inconsistency and the Penguins have gone hand-in-hand, Sidney Crosby’s whack-a-goal is ranked, and it may all be coming together for Derick Brassard. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Penguins will resume action tonight, as they play host to Hell’s favorite NHL team, the New Jersey Devils. But before this fight commences...

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

Inconsistency has riddled the Penguins since the trading deadline. [Trib Live]

The Penguins’ last game against the Canadiens saw Sidney Crosby score a legendary goal to beat Carey Price. Where does this one rank with all of his other highlight-reel goals? [Trib Live]

Having Evgeni Malkin capture the Hart Trophy may come back to actually haunt the Penguins. [Post-Gazette]

It’s no secret that Derick Brassard hasn't had the easiest of adjustments since coming over from the Senators at the deadline. But if his goal against the Canadiens showed anything, it’s that Brassard may be slowing revving his engine. [Post-Gazette]

The Penguins are not afraid to play with an aggressive forecheck. But in doing so, it does more harm than good to their defensive game. [Pensburgh]

News and notes from around the league...

The life of a National Hockey League goalie is not an easy one. Carrying the weight of mental and physical fatigue can burn out even the best of them. [Toronto Star/AP]

Take a look at each player that broke the color barrier for their respective teams. [Grandstand Central]