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Pens Points: Inching Closer

Perfect attendance is celebrated, Jeff Carter is ready to roll, and Sidney Crosby is taking nothing for granted. 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 Thursday morning...

Here are the updates from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ most recent practice from yesterday. Every player was accounted for... for the first time this season. [Penguins]

Jeff Carter is ‘fired up’ ahead of the Penguins’ first-round matchup with the New York Islanders. Could Carter be the new-age Nick Bonino? The final piece to the team’s championship puzzle? [Post-Gazette]

Sidney Crosby is 33 years old. While he is undoubtedly in peak physical shape, he knows he doesn't have many more chances to capture Lord Stanley’s Cup. It’s why he takes no postseason opportunity for granted. [Trib Live]

This video of Brian Burke tying a tie isn't really a traditional Pens Point, but I felt you should see it:

News and notes from around the NHL...

The New York Rangers recently fired now-former general manager Jeff Gorton and team president John Davidson. The team has now decided to part ways with head coach David Quinn and several other assistant coaches. [Blueshirt Banter]

Evander Kane’s future with the San Jose Sharks remains murky at best. [Mercury News]

Take a look at the NHL’s five most productive power-play units. [Sportsnet]

Hockey coaches and executives are notorious for keeping team details, injuries, and even lineups close to their chests. The league has developed somewhat of a reputation because of this level of secrecy. This secrecy does nothing but make it harder to gamble on the game. Is this something that could change if the almighty sportsbooks speak up? [Associated Press]