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Pens Points: Dusted by Dallas

Pens take early lead but fall to Stars during Frozen Frenzy. Our recap and some others headlines here in Pens Points.

Dallas Stars v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

Even on nights when the Pittsburgh Penguins put together a solid effort on the ice they still can’t find enough offense as they drop a third straight contest, losing to the Dallas Stars 4-1 at PPG Paints Arena. Bryan Rust remained hot, scoring his fifth goal of the season to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead late in the first period but the Stars stormed back with four unanswered goals to claim the victory and remain undefeated in regulation. [Pensburgh]

Pens Points...

Tonight was the first of a four game home stretch for the Penguins, an early measuring stick that could set the course for the team moving forward. [Pensburgh]

On Monday, the NHL released it’s newest game tracking data website and a deeper dive into the Penguins numbers shows some worrying trends early on. [The Hockey News]

Struggles against playoff outsiders like the Red Wings and Blues doesn’t portend well with playoff mainstays like the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche coming up. [Trib Live]

Radim Zohorna had to wait but his strong training camp paid off Saturday night. He’s now aiming to make his roster spot permanent with continued strong play. [Trib Live]

The Penguins will wrap up this four game homestand on October 30th against the Anaheim Ducks with a night of Halloween themed activities at PPG Paints Arena. [Penguins]

Numbers wise the Penguins defense has been solid through the first five games, but when they do give up scoring opportunities, they are often Grade A chances. [The Hockey News]

A slow start for the power play this season has already led to some shuffling amongst the units. Going to PP1 is the hot starting Bryan Rust, replacing Rickard Rakell. [Trib Live]

NHL News and Notes...

Following an uproar from fans and players alike, the NHL on Tuesday reversed its ban on the use of Pride Tape by players on the ice during warmup or in game. [TSN]