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Pens Points: Storm Ahead

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

Pittsburgh Penguins v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Getty Images

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

The NHL’s Holiday Roster Freeze began Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. local time and runs through 12:01 a.m. local on Dec. 28. [PensBurgh]

As for tonight’s matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Penguins and ‘Canes are two teams coming off confidence-boosting wins. [CBS Sports]

However, wins have been hard to come by for the Pittsburgh Penguins, both in a general sense and against a highly talented, octane Hurricanes team. [Trib Live]

The return of a holiday tradition: On Wednesday, the Penguins resumed their annual visit to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, a team tradition since the 1970s. [Penguins]

Fifty-one-year-old Jaromir Jagr began his 36th professional hockey season Wednesday, picking up an assist for Kladno in a 4-3 loss to Pardubice. [NHL]

News and notes from around the NHL...

It has been anything but a successful season thus far for Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin continues to chase Wayne Gretzky’s all-time NHL goals record, but there’s one problem: He has had immense trouble putting the puck in the net. So much so that Ovechkin is still fighting the longest goal-scoring drought in his 19 NHL campaigns as of this writing. “The Great 8” is searching for answers just like everyone else. [NHL]

Nolan Patrick, the Philadelphia Flyers’ No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL NHL Draft, appears to have ended his career at age 25 after continuous battles against a migraine disorder. [ESPN]

Former St. Louis Blues head coach Craig Berube said he has no issues with Jordan Kyrou, who was booed by home fans for his ‘no comment’ response to Berube’s firing. [TSN]