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The losing streak is over now the Penguins can start stacking wins beginning tonight in Buffalo. Pens Points is here once again to get your game day morning underway.

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The losing streak is over now the Penguins have to focus on stacking wins as they enter the home stretch. That renewed focus will be put to the test tonight when the Penguins travel to Buffalo for their third and final meeting with the Sabres this season. Most recently, the Sabres were the second loss in what turned into a six game losing streak. Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues will face their former side while the Penguins will see a familiar face in Dominik Kahun.

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

Here are today’s Pens Points to jumpstart you day...

After shouldering the blame for the Penguins recent losing skid, captain Sidney Crosby used that self imposed blame as motivation against the Senators. Posting three points, Crosby put together a much needed strong game to end the losing. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

In process of helping push the Penguins to their first victory in two weeks, Crosby hit the 800 career assists milestone with a pair on Tuesday. With just 980 career games played, Crosby became the sixth fastest player to hit the mark. [Pensburgh]

Crosby wasn’t the only one to show out against the Senators, Bryan Rust exploded for a hat trick and pushed his career high goals total to 27 on the season. Rust is the perfect example of what can happen when talent meets opportunity in the NHL. [Pensburgh]

Brian Dumoulin and John Marino returned for the Penguins on Tuesday and provided a major boost. Next up to come back from a long term injury appears to be Nick Bjugstad, whose return could come in the very near future. [Trib Live]

It’s been well documented just how superstitious Sidney Crosby can be when it comes to routine on game day. Out of respect for a veteran and hoping to change their luck, Crosby let Patrick Marleau come onto the ice second to last on Tuesday. [Penguins]

While we often see the players out in the community offering a helping hand where needed, on Wednesday it was the wives and girlfriends partaking in some community service. With money raised from their cookbook last year, the wives are using that money to give back. [WTAE]

Often trades bring in players completely new to a franchise, but that was not the case for Conor Sheary and the Penguins. When the Pens reacquired Sheary from Buffalo at the deadline, his new colors didn’t exactly feel foreign to put on. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the NHL...

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, the NHL announced on Wednesday that it is constantly monitoring the outbreak. Their first line of action is to bar any travel outside of North American for NHL employees. [CBC]

It will not be officially announced until late June, but the NHL salary cap is expected to rise for next season. Numbers released on Wednesday by the NHL, project next season’s cap to sit somewhere between $84 and $88.2 million dollars. [NHL]

After taking an inadvertent skate to the face from Artturi Lehkonen on Tuesday night, the Islanders announced that defenseman Johnny Boychuk needed 90 stitches to repair the damage but luckily his eyesight appears to be unharmed. [Lighthouse Hockey]