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Pens Points: A Sequel with the Sabres

Riley Sheahan has returned, Daniel Sprong’s spot in the lineup is discussed, and the Penguins handed out a new contract. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Preseason-Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Penguins will return to the ice tonight in an untelevised bout with the Buffalo Sabres. With only one more preseason game after tonight, the lineup you see may very well be a similar sight for your eyes when Pittsburgh hosts the Washington Capitals next week for the start of the regular season. The Pens will be looking to rebound after taking a 3-2 loss to Buffalo earlier in the preseason.

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

After dealing with an injury for a large chunk of training camp and preseason, Riley Sheahan has returned to practice. [Trib Live]

The Penguins inked forward Ryan Haggerty with a two-year NHL contract. [Trib Live]

Patric Hornqvist and Sidney Crosby have been placed on the same line once again. Is this a flash in the pan or a permanent move? [Post-Gazette]

With line combos coming into focus even more, Daniel Sprong has been slotted into a fourth-line role. Time to overreact... [Trib Live]

Juuso Riikola is rapidly becoming a popular name in Pittsburgh hockey circles. But what is the likelihood that this flashy Finn can make the Pens’ roster right out of training camp? [Pensburgh]

News and notes from around the league...

The Golden Knights have locked up defenseman Shea Theodore for the next seven years. [Knights On Ice]

The Canadiens plan on adding more speed to their game this season. [Sportsnet]

With the introduction of Gritty, the Flyers’ new mascot, that has, of course, led to a proper ranking of all NHL mascots. [ESPN]

The next step in securing an NHL franchise in Seattle is complete: the city has approved its KeyArena deal. [Forbes]