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Pens Points: Bye Week Begins

The newest Penguin has been sent down, we ask how the Penguins can rediscover their identity, and we look at each team’s most underrated player. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Arizona Coyotes Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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

Yesterday morning, the Penguins announced that the recently-acquired forward Joseph Blandisi has been sent down to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. [Trib Live]

Here’s how the Penguins can rediscover their identity. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the league...

A faster overall NHL game has led to many players, especially veterans, changing their routines, relying on weight loss and different nutrition techniques to keep pace. [NHL]

A spicy Pens Point right here: Is Connor McDavid at risk of becoming another NHL Picasso who ends up painting houses? [Globe And Mail]

Who is the most underrated player on every NHL team? [Yardbarker]

The Washington Capitals took a strong stance against hate by starting Devante Smith-Pelly alongside Alex Ovechkin in Chicago nearly a year after Smith-Pelly was subject to racist taunts in the United Center. [USA Today]

With their bye week commencing as well, the Buffalo Sabres will recharge their batteries ahead of a stretch of games that will define their unexpected 2018-19 season. [Die By The Blade]

A trade ‘of some magnitude’ may be in the works between the Colorado Avalanche and the New York Rangers. [Blueshirt Banter]