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Pens Points: Zucker Returns, Jarry Departs

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There’s a recap of last night’s game, injury statuses are updated, and Sidney Crosby is at it again. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins concluded their season series with the New York Islanders last night. The game comes with good news and bad news. Good news first. The Pens took another win from the Isles, claiming a close 2-1 contest, all the while getting a big boost with the return of forward Jason Zucker. However, this game will be remembered for the unexpected departure of starting goalie Tristan Jarry and the stellar play of Casey DeSmith. [Recap]

Yes, you read that correctly. Jason Zucker has returned from his gruesome-looking lower-body injury he suffered a little over one month ago. Get the lowdown on his status as well as a new update on Evgeni Malkin here. [Penguins]

These Penguins keep finding ways to win, which is an impressive feat given their incredible lack of depth at the forward position. This newfound identity is being formed around one player: Sidney Crosby. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart is going through a very rough stretch of play. The 22-year-old did not start yesterday and will not play on Wednesday, either. Hart’s coaches believe he needs to ‘work harder’ in practice to shake this funk. [Broad Street Hockey]

A few grey hairs will not stop these ‘old-timers’ from finding success in a young man’s league. [CBC]

Take a look at some of the best and worst free-agent signings at the midway point of the season. [The Hockey Writers]