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Pens Points: Long Island Split

Penguins return home after weekend split with the Islanders. Pens Points is here to get your week started before the games resume on Tuesday.

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Less than 24 hours after a come from behind win, the Pittsburgh Penguins could not repeat the magic on Sunday in a 2-0 loss to the New York Islanders. This marks the first time the Penguins have been shutout this season, and they deserved the result, producing only 20 shots on goal in the contest. [Pensburgh]

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With COVID in the rearview mirror for now, the Eastern Division is beginning to hit full stride and the standings reflect that. All eight teams collected points in some manner which keeps things close in the race for the Stanley Cup playoffs. [Pensburgh]

Just when fans start to wonder if Kris Letang has seen his best days pass him by, he reminds everyone just how great he can be. His second two goal game in the last four games propelled the Penguins to another comeback victory on Saturday. [Penguins]

Letang’s recent scoring binge has also helped push him up the scoring leaderboard for defenseman. With seven points in his last four games, Letang now sits on 14 for the season, good for 15th among all blue liners and his four goals put him in the Top 10. [Pittsburgh Post Gazette]

ICYMI from Saturday, Chris Pryor was named Director of Player Personnel of the Penguins by new general manager Ron Hextall. In his new role, Pryor will be primarily in charge of the team’s scouting operations in North America and Europe. [Pensburgh]

This is Hextall’s first significant move as the general manager of the Penguins and he turned to someone he is more than familiar with. Pryor previously worked with Hextall as an assistant general manager with the Philadelphia Flyers. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

One issue that still has lingering question marks for the NHL is the NHL Draft that is typically held in June every year. With the junior leagues on hold and scouts grounded in their home cities, there is talk about no draft at all this offseason. [Sportsnet]

Even though veteran regulars like Victor Hedman and Shea Weber are keeping themselves in the Norris Trophy conversation, it’s the young guns like Quinn Hughes and Cale Makar who are looking to take over the mantle from their predecessors. [Bleacher Report]