Here are your Pens Points for this Tuesday morning...
The Pittsburgh Penguins clashed with the Boston Bruins last night at PPG Paints Arena. With the Penguins riding in on a five-game winning streak, they looked to keep up their winning ways against a team that has given them fits in recent years. However, goals from Evan Rodrigues, Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin, and superb goaltending from Tristan Jarry combined to give Pittsburgh’s black-and-gold squad the 4-1 win. [Recap]
Remember when the sky was falling and Evgeni Malkin was seconds away from being forced into an early retirement? Yeah, all of that nonsense is a distant memory. [Penguins]
Governor Tom Wolf has modified Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 restrictions relating to indoor gatherings. With these new changes, the Penguins plan on allowing close to 5,000 fans into PPG Paints Arena when everything goes into effect. Currently, only a maximum of 2,800 people are allowed to attend home games. [Trib Live]
Cody Ceci was a much-maligned player last year while in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. A defenseman with solid offensive instincts but below-average advanced metrics, when he was signed by the Penguins in the offseason, many questioned the move. But the 27-year-old has exceeded every expectation to this point, and has been one of the Pens’ best d-men at several points throughout this campaign. [PensBurgh]
News and notes from around the NHL...
The NHL could stand to net over $600 million once their television rights packages are finalized, but the league and its longtime broadcast partner, NBC, need each other to complete the play. [CNBC]
It has been another forgettable season for the Buffalo Sabres. The team is so bad that the Buffalo News intentionally ranked the Sabres as the 32nd and worst team in the 31-team league. Yes, you read that correctly. The Buffalo Sabres are worse than the Seattle Kraken. [Yahoo]