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Pens Points: Late Letdown

Depleted Pens hang with Lightning but fall short after late power play goal. Put the loss behind you with today’s Pens Points.

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Until players return from injury, the Penguins are going to have to dig deep every night and battle for everything. They nearly completed that mission on Wednesday night against the fully loaded Tampa Bay Lightning. Goals from Brandon Tanev and Jake Guentzel put the Penguins in front after two periods, but the Lightning struck twice in the third period to skate away with a 3-2 victory. [Pensburgh]

Forget the loss with this morning’s Pens Points...

After Tuesday night’s loss to the Florida Panthers, the Penguins were 10 games into the new season and sat at 6-4-0 in the standings. Given the circumstances, there is a lot to like about this Penguins team that still has room to grow. [Pensburgh]

Loose pucks on the power play can lead to shorthanded goals the other way if a team is not careful. A season after surrendering 15 shorties, the Penguins focused on minimizing those opportunities with good puck retrieval. [Trib Live]

Good goaltending is a key to winning in the NHL and the price for that goaltending is often fairly high. Both the Panthers and Lightning paid top dollar for their netminders this offseason, and it may be the Penguins turn to pony up next summer. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Several teams are off to hot starts this season, but not all hot starts are created equally. While accumulating as many points now will surely help down the stretch, expect a few fast starting teams to fade in the coming weeks. [ESPN]

Speaking of hot starts, your 2019-20 NHL points leader is currently...John Carlson of the Washington Capitals. Carlson has been on a tear to start the new season, becoming just the fourth defenseman in league history to record 20 points in the month of October. [RMNB]

Mikko Rantanen sustained a gnarly looking ankle injury on Monday that forced him out of a game against the St. Louis Blues. Officially diagnosed as a lower-body injury, the Colorado Avalanche will be without Rantanen’s services on a week-to-week basis. [NHL]

With attendance numbers dipping below 10,000 fans, Ottawa Senators fans may be getting concerned they could potentially lose their team in the future. As our friend over at Silver Seven point out, that’s unlikely to happen. [Silver Seven]