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Pens Points: Let’s Talk About Playoffs

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The Penguins have some questions to answer, Patric Hornqvist is fitting the mold, and it looks like playoff hockey officiating is in full swing. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

Every team will have some imperfections heading into the playoffs. So, here are five questions the Penguins have to answer before the postseason begins. [Post-Gazette]

Patric Hornqvist is the perfect illustration of the NHL’s evolution. [Post-Gazette]

The Penguins are already dealing with ‘playoff hockey’ officiating a good month before the playoffs actually begin. [Trib Live]

Pittsburgh recalled forward Josh Jooris on an emergency basis yesterday. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the league...

Here are the 31 team MVPs with one month to go in the regular season. [The Hockey News]

It may not be something that fans think about after their favorite players hang up the skates, but the NHL and NHLPA are having trouble helping players adjust to or even think about life after hockey. [ESPN]

To put it simply, Ron Francis lost his GM title because the league has run out of patience. [USA Today]