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Pens Points: Road Trip to Rangertown

Jared McCann is exactly what the doctor ordered, Matt Murray is here to play, and the defense is turning their game around. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Penguins will conclude their current road trip tonight when they take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. But before the Pens look to notch their third-straight win...

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

Jared McCann was already endearing himself to Penguins fans before Saturday night’s win against the Dallas Stars, but after his two-goal performance in Big D, it’s worth it to note that McCann is giving the Penguins exactly what they need. [Pensburgh]

How about this revamped Penguins defense? [Trib Live]

Matt Murray was able to put his late-game snafus behind him and delivered a very strong game against the Stars. [Trib Live]

On the other side of the coin, part of the reason the offense has seemingly dried up for the Penguins has been due to hot goalies the team has been facing. [Trib Live]

The Penguins’ third line looks like it’s starting to gain some momentum, yet this trio can’t seem to buy any goals. [Trib Live]

Speaking of Murray, he has been thriving under an increased workload as of late. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith is 37-years-old. His career is closer to the end than the beginning. With that said, he may have a solid acting job in front of him when he decides to hang up the skates. [NESN]

The time has come to create a singular women’s hockey league. [CBC Sports]