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Pens Points: Repeat Performance

We look at potential first-round matchups, the Penguins are using the boards to their advantage, and the NHL has a new television home. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

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

What is the best first-round matchup for these Pittsburgh Penguins? And who would be the worst? [Pensburgh]

Here are seven things to watch for in the Penguins’ final seven games. [Post-Gazette]

The boards are becoming the Penguins’ best friends. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Longtime broadcast partner, NBC, has pulled out of the bidding war for the NHL’s second television rights package, according to a new report. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

In a follow-up to the previous story, it looks like Turner Sports is the winner of the league’s second television package. [USA Today]

NHL veteran Andrew Shaw has retired after 10 seasons in the league, citing concussion issues as the main factor. Shaw departs the league as a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks. [Second City Hockey]

The life of a rookie is never an easy one, especially if you have been drafted as the number one overall pick in your draft class. Not everyone can come into the league guns a-blazin’. The Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby types are rare exceptions to the rule. But Alexis Lafreniere is starting to find his footing, which is a positive development for the New York Rangers and their fans. [NHL]

The NHL is entering its home stretch, its “push for the playoffs.” Take a look at the most recent seeding scenarios and breakdowns for the final spots in 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. [Sporting News]

Will Connor McDavid reach the 100-point mark with 11 games to go? Here’s how the Oilers superstar can accomplish this legendary feat. [NBC Sports]