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Pens Points: Lightning Storm

Penguins return to the ice for a showdown with the Lightning. Let Pens Points transport you to sunny Florida with the latest team news on your Thursday morning.

NHL: OCT 23 Penguins at Lightning Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s back to the grind for the Penguins who return to the ice this evening against the Tampa Bay Lightning following a three day break. Tonight’s contest is also the beginning of their second Florida swing of the season that will take them from Tampa tonight then Sunrise on Saturday. Here’s to hoping this trip bodes better for the Penguins than the last where they dropped both contests back in October.

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

Pretend you’re in Florida with the team by reading Pens Points...

Florida has its fair share of perks, but it has been somewhat of a state of horrors for the Penguins over the years. The Penguins have no won in Florida since 2017-18 and are only a combined 1-6-1 there the last three seasons. [Pensburgh]

Sticking with the Florida theme, a year ago, the Penguins made a blockbuster trade with the Florida Panthers. It sent flop Derick Brassard packing but returned Jared McCann who turned into one of the key pieces of this Penguins roster. [Pensburgh]

If the McCann trade was the Penguins big splash last season, it’s time to start wondering who they will target this season. With the deadline rapidly approaching, the Minnesota Wild continue to be a popular trade partner. [Pensburgh]

Mark your calendars, the NHL trade deadline is Monday, February 24th, meaning teams have just under three weeks to get business done. As for the Penguins, safe to say it should be a buy, buy, buy mindset for Rutherford and Co. [Pensburgh]

With the recent resurgence of Matt Murray and the continued strong play of Tristan Jarry, the Penguins have a formidable 1-2 punch in the crease. That strength in goal could pay huge dividends for the Penguins come playoff time. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

There tends to be a lot of parity in the NHL and it’s really showing through this season. With 23 teams within eight or fewer points of a playoff spot, the seller market for the trade deadline is very thin less than three weeks out. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Injuries have been the overriding theme for the Penguins this season but they have battled through and placed themselves in great playoff position. One area the injuries have taken a toll however, is on the power play. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Now into the season half of the NHL season a shortlist of potential MVP candidates is starting to take shape. Some players may be more likely than others to take home the Hart Trophy, but all still have a case for why they should win. [ESPN]

Willie O’Ree broke the NHL’s color barrier over 60 years ago in the face of rampant racism directed towards him. Now more than half a century later, O’Ree continues to work with the NHL at combating racism and he believes progress is being made. [Chicago Tribune]

Chris Kreider is one of the hottest commodities on the trade block heading into the deadline and everyone believes he will be moved. According to reports, as many as eight teams have Kreider at the top of their trade target list. [SNY]