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A bad weekend gives way to a new week and another chance for the Penguins to right the ship. Get ready for tonight’s contest with the latest team news in Pens Points.

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It’s a new week which means a fresh start for the Penguins after last week ended in just about the worst way possible. Coming off consecutive wins, the Penguins failed to build on that success and were swept in a back-to-back set by the Capitals and Hurricanes. Tonight begins a stretch of four games in six days as the Penguins travel to Newark for a meeting with the New Jersey Devils.

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

Let’s get the win vibes going early with Pens Points...

Just plain bad or simply unlucky, a lot has gone wrong for the Penguins in the last 10 games but there are some positive signs in the underlying numbers. If they can get some bounces to fall their way, things might start to turn around. [Pensburgh]

One area the Penguins have been exceptional at in recent years is their ability to scout the college hockey scene and sign NHL talent. Drew O’Connor of Dartmouth joins a growing list of unrestricted college free agents to sign in Pittsburgh. [Pensburgh]

It’s not that the Penguins power play hasn’t been scoring, it has, the biggest issue is the mad advantage isn’t coming through at crucial moments. That fact was highlighted agains this weekend against both the Capitals and Hurricanes. [Trib Live]

When things go bad for a hockey team, people will look for someone to blame and point the finger at anyone with a pulse. One of those people is often the coach, but regardless of this slump, the Penguins still have a good one. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

This recent slide the Penguins have been on has sent some fans into a panic about their potential playoff seeding or whether they might miss the playoffs altogether. Jim Rutherford spoke out on Monday telling fans to relax and the team will be fine. [TheScore]

It’s another busy week for the Penguins, with four games in six nights beginning with the Devils this evening. They will also take on the Columbus Blue Jackets before another back-to-back this weekend with the Hurricanes and Islanders. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Amid fears surrounding the possibility of a widespread coronavirus outbreak in North America, the NHL is joining other professional sports leagues in restricting locker room access to just players and essential personnel. [NHL]

When you score five goals in a game, you should automatically win “1st Star of the Week” honors. Mika Zibanejad did just that last week and took home the top prize followed by Gabriel Landeskog and Leon Draisaitl. [Sportsnet]