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Pens Points: Home Cooking

Penguins begin homestand and look to remain hot as the Canadiens come to town. Catch up on the latest team news before puck drop with today’s Pens Points.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Montreal Canadiens

Riding a three game winning streak and a six game home winning streak, the Penguins welcome the Montreal Canadiens to PPG Paints Arena this evening and begin a three game homestand before heading on a pre-holiday road trip next week.

Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM and will be broadcast on AT&T Sports Network.

Get ready for gameday with a fresh edition of Pens Points...

After slow starts to the season, Dominik Kahun looks like an absolute steal for the Penguins while fellow trade acquisition Alex Galchenyuk looks like he doesn’t belong. If reports are true, Galchenyuk may be on the way out in the near future. [Pensburgh]

As rumors fly about Galchenyuk’s future in Pittsburgh, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford dumped some gasoline on the fire, hinting that Galchenyuk could find himself in the press box when the team returns to full health. [TSN]

Taylor Hall in a Penguins uniform is fun to think about, but it may be more dream than potential reality when you look at what the Pens can offer compared to what a team like the Avalanche can offer in a hypothetical trade with the Devils. [Pensburgh]

Chad Ruhwedel missed practice on Monday, but fear not, reports from the media indicate his absence was due to illness rather than another injury striking the team. [Trib Live]

For the time being, it appears Tristan Jarry is the Penguins top goalie until the wheels fall off or Matt Murray can work through his issues. For his back-to-back shutout performances last week, Jarry was named “Second Star of the Week” by the NHL. [Penguins]

Jake Guentzel might be living the best life of any winger in the NHL right now. If he’s not playing alongside Sidney Crosby, then he’s on the ice with Evgeni Malkin where the two have formed quite the bond while No. 87 is on the shelf. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

We mentioned Jarry above as the “Second Star of the Week” but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the other honorees for this week. Bookending Jarry on the list are Capitals defenseman John Carlson and Sabres forward Jake Eichel. [NHL]

This is a watershed moment for the NHL, and the league must take stiff action to end the culture of abuse that is being uncovered. Right now, the league Board of Governors is meeting with this issue as the forefront. [Sports Illustrated]

Mark Hoffman was traded away from the Ottawa Senators in 2018 after allegations surfaced of an ugly off-ice conflict between Hoffman’s girlfriend and Erik Karlsson. Hoffman must still have ill feelings toward Karlsson and tried to fight his former teammate over the weekend. [The Score]