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Pens Points: Practicing Patience for Predators

Catch up on some of the latest hockey headlines in today’s Pens Points.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

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

Injuries to Bryan Rust and Rickard Rakell have forced Mike Sullivan and the Pittsburgh Penguins to get creative with the top-six forward lines. That creative shuffle includes Drew O’Connor seeing time on the top line, time he is hoping to make the most of. [Trib Live]

The Penguins badly needed to win against the Toronto Maple Leafs after blowing their previous game against the Buffalo Sabres. A flip of a switch and script in the third period helped the Penguins collect two important points. [Penguins]

Despite not playing in the Minnesota Wild’s 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, current Wild goalie and former Penguins first overall pick Marc-Andre Fleury was the center of attention in St. Paul. [KDKA]

News and notes from around the NHL...

It’s never too early to start talking about Stanley Cup favorites. And as November turns into December, some teams are making their case. [The Hockey News]

Chicago Blackhawks forward Corey Perry is away from the team and “will remain so for the foreseeable future,” general manager Kyle Davidson said Saturday. [NHL]

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Sam Girard has announced he is entering the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program. [CBS Sports]