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Pens Points: Pettersson The Protector

Marcus Pettersson is nowhere near the biggest player on the Penguins’ roster, but he sure has a knack for getting into tussles with the opposition.

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

It’s a long season in the world of professional hockey. Eighty-two games to be correct. Over that time, all teams are bound to experience peaks and valleys, wins and losses. However, Pittsburgh Penguins bench boss Mike Sullivan became incredibly agitated after his team’s latest loss to the St. Louis Blues. [PensBurgh]

Why does Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson keep getting into so many fights? Full disclosure: the next sentence comes straight from Seth Rorabaugh’s story because it’s tremendous. “The primary curiosity to all of this is why Pettersson — who has the build of an atrophied coat rack at 6-foot-3 and 177 pounds — is in the same company as true heavyweights like Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ryan Reaves and Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson (whom Pettersson fought Oct. 13).” [Trib Live]

How might the Penguins produce some of their offense this season? Designed faceoff plays, something they’ve been doing for a long time. [Trib Live]

Former Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Adam Clendening has signed with Ilves of the Liiga in Finland. [Trib Live]

Penguins blue liner Ryan Shea made his Penguins and NHL debut this past Saturday against the Blues. And you better believe everyone was there to support him. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid is expected to be out for 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury sustained in the team’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. [NHL]

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Travis Dermott was seen with Pride tape wrapped around his stick on Saturday, becoming the first player to openly come out and go against the NHL’s recent ban. [Yahoo]