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Pens Points: Opening Week

We look at Matt Murray’s workload, the defense is balanced, and youngsters were proud to wear their colors. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: SEP 25 Preseason - Red Wings at Penguins Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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

The Penguins received ‘encouraging’ news on Sidney Crosby’s injury status, per Mike Sullivan, but are still waiting to hear about Bryan Rust. [Post-Gazette]

Diversity is a plus for Penguins wingers. [Trib Live]

The left-right defenseman balance is something that both Mike Sullivan and Jim Rutherford value. No matter the opening night combos, this balance has been struck to start the season. [Trib Live]

Questions remain about Matt Murray’s season-long health. With that said, how many games will the Penguins’ starting netminder play this season? [Post-Gazette]

During the ‘Free Game for Kids’ over the weekend at PPG Paints Arena, many local hockey players made their rinks become part of the Penguins’ home ice. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the league...

The Colorado Avalanche have agreed to terms on a new contract with star winger, Mikko Rantanen. [Mile High Hockey]

With Justin Williams away from the Hurricanes for the time being, Jordan Staal has been named the captain of the team. [NHL]

How have the NHL’s top rookies been performing during the preseason? [The Hockey News]