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Pens Points: Music City Miracle

There’s a recap of last night’s game, Erik Gudbranson is analyzed, and the Adam Johnson era has begun. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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

The Penguins resumed play with a matchup against former Stanley Cup rival, the Nashville Predators. In what was a very close game, the Penguins held a 1-0 lead with roughly three minutes left in regulation before... yep... they did it again, allowing the game-tying goal to the Preds. However, the Penguins would finally end up with a win in the shootout. [Recap]

Last night’s game was a step in the right direction, but the Penguins are growing increasingly tired of inching toward a playoff spot one point at a time. [Trib Live]

The sample size keeps getting larger and larger for Erik Gudbranson’s Penguins tenure, and his surprisingly solid level of play is a pretty big deal to Mike Darnay. [Pensburgh]

You may have noticed a new face in the Penguins lineup last night. Newly-recalled forward Adam Johnson hopes that his speed will land him a more permanent gig in the NHL. [Pensburgh]

Sidney Crosby believes that the team should be focused on the empty net in the dying seconds of the game rather than sitting back in their own zone. [Trib Live]

Bryan Rust has cooled down to a degree after his monstrous period in November and December. However, the speedy winger is still hovering around the 20-goal mark, which is an impressive feat nonetheless. [Post-Gazette]

So, who is going to be eating pretzel nuggets when Olli Maatta makes his return in the very near future? [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

How does Jack Hughes, the consensus number one overall draft pick this year, fit in with each of the league’s bottom teams? [Sports Illustrated]

Goal nets keep coming off their moorings and controversy is ensuing! [The Comeback]

Why do franchises love the NHL Global Series? [The Hockey News]