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Time is running out to stick around, Jack Johnson may have the perfect linemate, and Phil Kessel was given a great reason to miss practice. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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Finally, it’s almost over. The Penguins conclude their preseason tonight with a fight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. But before the skates are laced for the last of the exhibitions...

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

Tonight may be the last night for some players who are on the outside looking in for a chance to crack the opening night lineup. [Trib Live]

For those who were looking to give Jack Johnson a warm welcome back in his former city of Columbus, they will have to wait a little while longer, as he and a few other Penguins will not be suiting up for the contest. [Trib Live]

Speaking of Double-J, there has been a lot of chatter about who Johnson will play with and who he’s best-suited to play with for that matter. We may have to look no further than Olli Maatta. [Pensburgh]

If the last preseason game was any indication, Derick Brassard looks to have settled in quite nicely with his new linemates. [Trib Live]

The city of Pittsburgh and the Penguins will be welcoming the USHL Fall Classic to town, and that includes top NHL prospect Jack Hughes. [Post-Gazette]

Once labeled a bust, known only for his massive frame, Jamie Oleksiak is proving his worth with more than just his size and strength. [Post-Gazette]

Phil Kessel was absent from the team yesterday. No, he hasn’t been injured. He was being honored. [Pensburgh]

News and notes from around the NHL...

In continuing with the trend of shrinking goalie equipment, the chest protector has now become a victim of this trim down. [CBC]

Take a deeper look at the meaning behind Islanders goalie Robin Lehner’s mask. [Lighthouse Hockey]

Exciting Red Wings prospect, Filip Zadina, may be sent to the AHL after his performance in the preseason. There’s nothing wrong with that. [Winging It In Motown]