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Evgeni Malkin knows where his struggles come from, the newest Penguin is ready to roll, and we look toward the second half of the season. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Arizona Coyotes Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Penguins resume their west coast swing tonight with a clash against Rick Tocchet and the Arizona Coyotes. Puck drop is set for 9:00pm EST. Before the Pens look to right the ship against the Desert Dogs...

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

Patric Hornqvist looks to be closing in on a return from his recent concussion, with the winger being shipped out to the west to join his mates in practice. [Post-Gazette]

The newest addition to the Penguins roster, Joseph Blandisi, is locked in and ready to go for the team. [Post-Gazette]

Tristan Jarry does not know what his immediate with the Penguins organization is, but he is keeping all of his ‘attention’ in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. [Post-Gazette]

Is a Derick Brassard trade in the works as the trading deadline nears? If not, it should be. [Pensburgh]

What is in store for the Penguins as the second half of the season gets underway? [Pensburgh]

As a fun off day think piece, we pinged our colleague over at Raw Charge to aggregate WAR data relative to points to discover which Penguins are considered “empty-calorie scorers.” [Pensburgh]

Evgeni Malkin is in quite a bad slump right now. But Geno knows that it’s all in his head. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the league...

What will it take for many of the NHL’s once-high-profile teams to become competitive again? [USA Today]

How does a ‘dinosaur’ defenseman like Brooks Orpik survive in today’s NHL? By adapting. [Yahoo Sports]

In a trade that created a bit of a frenzy around online hockey circles yesterday, the Carolina Hurricanes acquired Nino Niederreiter from the Minnesota Wild for Victor Rask. [Canes Country]