Here are your Pens Points for this Thursday morning...
Evgeni Malkin returned to Penguins practice yesterday participating in a full contact capacity, meaning his return to game action is very, very close. [Post-Gazette]
With Malkin nearing a return, perhaps as soon as this evening against the Capitals, what does history have to say for how well Malkin will perform when he does hit the ice again? [Pensburgh]
And will Malkin retake his place on the team’s top power-play unit? That part is unclear, at least for now. [Trib Live]
The Penguins have petitioned the Pennsylvania state government and the commonwealth’s Department of Health in regards to proposed “vaccinated” and “non-vaccinated” sections at home games, allowing for more tickets to be sold. [Trib Live]
Does the currently-injured Frederick Gaudreau have his spot in the lineup locked when he returns from the rehab process? It sure looks that way. [Trib Live]
With both Turner Sports and ESPN sticking their toes into the NHL waters, the time is now for the networks to find hockey’s equivalent of Charles Barkley. [Trib Live]
News and notes from around the NHL...
Here are five questions that still remain unanswered following Turner Sports’ acquisition of the NHL’s rights package. [Awful Announcing]