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Pens Points: A Much-Needed Break

We analyze John Marino’s sophomore slump, Frederick Gaudreau is enjoying the moment, and we wonder if the Penguins are in real trouble moving forward. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

Second-year defenseman John Marino has cooled off quite considerably after his breakout rookie campaign last season. How much of Marino’s decline in play can be attributed to the ‘sophomore slump’? [PensBurgh]

Taking three out of a possible six points from the New Jersey Devils is far from ideal. Will this stretch of games be remembered as a blip on the radar or are these banged-up Pittsburgh Penguins entering the danger zone? [Post-Gazette]

Frederick Gaudreau is enjoying his moment with Penguins. [Trib Live]

A minor roster move was made last night, with the Pens assigning forward Sam Miletic to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

The Penguins will not be the only team that will face challenges at the upcoming trade deadline. The rest of the league will have several hurdles to jump through as well. [NHL]

Patrick Marleau says he would ‘seriously consider’ a trade to a contender ahead of the April 12 deadline. [Yahoo]

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly believes the league’s arenas will not be at full capacity through the rest of this season. [Sportsnet]

The ‘bloodline’ of the Seattle Kraken will likely run through the Coachella Valley. [Desert Sun]