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The Penguins have lost another player to long-term injury, but another Penguin could make his NHL debut as a result, and we see how the coaching staff keeps the taxi squad fresh. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: JAN 19 Bruins at Penguins Photo by Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Here are some new Pens Points for this Tuesday morning...

After a big collision with New York Rangers forward Filip Chytil in Sunday’s 3-2 win, Penguins forward Evan Rodrigues will be out with a longer-term lower-body injury, according to Mike Sullivan. [Trib Live]

However, as a result of the injury, this could open up a lineup spot for 22-year-old prospect, Drew O’Connor. The power forward could make his NHL debut as soon as tonight against the Bruins. [Trib Live]

The taxi squad is an unprecedented concept that the league implemented this year due to some of the travel issues revolving around COVID-19. But how are teams, and more specifically the Penguins, keeping these players in “game shape” if they are not necessarily playing in meaningful games? [Post-Gazette]

Washington Capitals bench boss, Peter Laviolette, had a very colorful way to describe his feelings when talking about Teddy Blueger’s recent 3-on-5 goal. [Pensburgh]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Chicago Blackhawks stars Alex DeBrincat and Adam Boqvist have been added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list, meaning they will miss an undetermined amount of games until they both clear protocol. [Second City Hockey]

Much like Evander Kane before him, Patrik Laine has now departed the Winnipeg Jets after a rather bumpy relationship reached its breaking point. Many Jets fans are now wondering: why has another player left Winnipeg? [Arctic Ice Hockey]

Ex-Coyotes GM, John Chayka, has been suspended from the NHL through the rest of the 2021 season. [New York Post]