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Pens Points: Play It Again

The Penguins may be adding a familiar face to tonight’s game, there looks to be interest in acquiring another player, and Juuso Riikola is showing his value. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins head into tonight’s bout against the Washington Capitals with a 1-2-0 record, and a handful of inconsistencies that have plagued them to begin the season. It is not all doom and gloom, however, as Kasperi Kapanen practiced with the team yesterday and is labeled as a game-time decision for tonight’s contest. [Penguins]

The Penguins also announced the recalling of defenseman Kevin Czuczman as well as the reassignment of Sam Lafferty. [Trib Live]

A rocky start to the season has led many to believe GM Jim Rutherford will not sit idly by and watch his team falter for much longer. There are now rumors going around that Pittsburgh has shown interest in Winnipeg Jets forward, Jack Roslovic. But does trading for the 23-year-old make sense? [Pensburgh]

What concerns do we still have with the Penguins after three games? [Pensburgh]

The “next man up” is a phrase often used throughout the sports world when injury strikes. For Juuso Riikola, the same applies here after Mike Matheson’s recent injury. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

If trading for Roslovic does not pan out, maybe trading for another young forward in Pierre-Luc Dubois will do the trick? Adding another wrinkle into this developing story, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has denied that he purposely benched Dubois in a recent game. [ESPN]

All NHL players will don a helmet decal of Willie O’Ree, the former Boston Bruins player who broke the NHL’s color barrier, for the next six weeks to send a message of equality. []

You may have heard Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek deliver a sizzling hot, expletive-filled quote to a local Flyers reporter over the weekend. But why was Voracek so mad? [Broad Street Hockey]