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Pens Points: No Fooling Around

Special teams will be on display, Anthony Angello is proving himself, and we aren’t taking knives to gun fights. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ power-play percentage sits at 20.8 percent, which is good for 16th in the league standings. While being middle of the pack on paper doesn’t sound too appealing, the team’s PP unit is surging at the moment, going a combined 3/7 in their last two games alone. Considering where the team was at the start of the year, having this special teams unit collide against the Boston Bruins’ league-leading 89.5 penalty-kill percentage makes for an intriguing fight. [Trib Live]

Anthony Angello’s combination of size and skill has turned him into a fixture of the Pens’ bottom-six. [Trib Live]

We don’t know the full details of Tristan Jarry’s mysterious upper-body injury that forced him out of Monday’s game against the New York Islanders. However, if the 25-year-old netminder is set to miss time, the Penguins are in a solid position to handle his ailment. [Post-Gazette]

By this point, most fans know the kind of players Brian Burke likes to have on his team. And if you don’t, well, he recently said he doesn’t want the Penguins ‘going to a gun fight with a knife.’ [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko has signed a five-year contract extension with the organization. [Nucks Misconduct]

It looks like Connor McDavid has avoided a suspension for a late, high hit he placed on Montreal Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Instead, he’s been fined a bank-breaking $5,000. [Yahoo]

With no fans, why do San Jose Sharks home games still start at 7:30 p.m.? [The Mercury News]

And finally, bells are ringing in Buffalo this morning, as the Sabres finally snapped their legendary 18-game losing streak. They won their game 6-1. The team they beat? The good ol’ Philadelphia Flyers. [Die By The Blade]