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Pens Points: Metro Meeting

Blue Jackets march their way into Pittsburgh for a pre-holiday divisional showdown. All the latest news and headlines are in today’s Pens Points for you to get up to date before puck drop.

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Pittsburgh Penguins v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

Tuesday night went poorly for the Penguins so here’s to hoping they can bounce back and return to the win column against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets this evening at PPG Paints Arena. So far this season, the division rivals have split their two meetings between one another, with each side winning on home ice.

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

Now, your latest team news courtesy Pens Points...

A lot can change in a year, and that is especially the case for a few members of the Penguins organization. Improvement from players on the ice and a member of the front office have the Penguins looking like contenders once again. [Pensburgh]

It appears Alex Galchenyuk will be on the move away from Pittsburgh once the Penguins find a suitable trade partner. As of right now, no solid trade plans are in place, but a few Eastern Conference teams may be willing to deal. [Pensburgh]

Tuesday night was a loss for the Penguins but it was still a historic night for starting goaltender Tristan Jarry. By holding the Canadiens off the board just long enough, Jarry set the franchise record for longest shutout streak at 177 minutes, 15 seconds. [Trib Live]

Montreal may have pulled out the victory on Tuesday night, but don’t count Penguins owner Mario Lemieux as a fan of the Canadiens style of play. Lemieux remarked on the Habs “boring” style in a conversation with Sidney Crosby and Pierre Larouche. [The Athletic $$$]

Each year, Forbes unveils its valuations for all 31 NHL franchises, and the Penguins come in at the 11th most valuable franchise in the league for 2019. According to Forbes, the Penguins are valued at $665 million dollars. [Forbes]

Mike Sullivan wishes for the his team to get better at the face-off dot and to help his centers improve on the draw, he tapped on former player and current development coach Matt Cullen to coach them up. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Regression is a term often used in hockey analytics to describe how a player may move towards a more expected output in either a positive of negative fashion. Whether its scoring more than expected or less, a few players may undergo a big change in the future. [ESPN]