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Pens Points: A Mixed Bag

The Penguins have reduced their roster again, Matt Cullen is back to business, and the Geno-Phil combo is one to watch. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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Over the weekend, Penguins preseason play continued with games against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings. While Saturday’s game against CBJ brought a convincing 7-3 win, Sunday’s contest saw the Penguins take a 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh. The Penguins will resume preseason action on Wednesday night when they play host to the Buffalo Sabres. With that...

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

Yesterday the Penguins continued their roster trim by reducing the number of players on their roster to 27. Pensburgh has you covered for all the roster transactions. [Pensburgh]

The combination of Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin can sometimes lead to otherworldly offensive plays, and head-scratching defensive gaffes. There’s definitely a game of risk-reward to be played here. [Trib Live]

After a lengthy summer to rest and recharge his batteries, looking to put his 2017-18 season in the rearview mirror, a smoother start to the season may be in the cards for Kris Letang. [Trib Live]

Here’s a list of five Penguins who would start the season on the right foot by picking up where they left off. [Trib Live]

It’s no secret that the Penguins have an embarrassment of riches on their roster. It’s the job of the head coach to put the best possible lineup on the ice each and every night. Mike Sullivan will certainly be tested by constructing the best top-nine to compete. [Post-Gazette]

After re-signing with the Penguins over the summer in a bit of a surprising move, Matt Cullen looks to be back to his old self, and that will only help the Penguins. [Post-Gazette]

Are you becoming more familiar with the name Juuso Riikola? Here’s how the 24-year-old defenseman was discovered. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the league...

The Calgary Flames are leading the charge of deploying smaller players and hoping for bigger results. [Sportsnet]

The NHL has fostered a culture of revenge for some time now, and it will become a detriment for the health of all players. [Eyes on the Prize]