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The Penguins’ defensive depth is proving its worth, several players are back at practice, and the team has a new partnership. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

Pittsburgh Penguins v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

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

Brian Dumoulin, Evan Rodrigues and Mark Jankowski all returned to practice yesterday, signaling that the Penguins are nearing a return to full strength. [PensBurgh]

While the Penguins have seen countless injuries to their blue line already this season, the depth they have amassed at the position is serving them well. [Trib Live]

As of this post, Sidney Crosby is still on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list, but is still in touch with his coaches and teammates in a virtual fashion. [Trib Live]

The franchise yesterday announced a formal partnership with the social-media platform, TikTok. [Trib Live]

Moving from the east side to the west side and exchanging Philadelphia Flyers orange for the black-and-gold colors of the Penguins was a decision Mark Friedman was more than happy to make. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the NHL...

How are Alexis Lafreniere and the other top draftees from the 2020 NHL Draft handling their workloads so far? [NBC Sports]

Claude Julien was not the only coaching casualty for the underperforming Montreal Canadiens. General manager Marc Bergevin informed goalie coach Stephane Waite during the second intermission of Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators that he was being relieved of his duties. [The Score]

For the first time since his rookie season, Minnesota Wild star Zach Parise was forced to watch the game from the press box. [Hockey Wilderness]