It was a nice three day break for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they had the opportunity to relax and celebrate Christmas with their families without the distraction of hockey to worry about. Now it’s back to the grind as the team begins a three game stretch to wrap up 2023 tonight on Long Island against the division rival New York Islanders.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 PM and will be broadcast on Sportsnet Pittsburgh.
When the Penguins return to action tonight, it will be the start of a very crucial stretch of games that carry the team into the new year and present an opportunity to make up ground. [Pensburgh]
After waiting almost 20 games, Rickard Rakell broke his season-long goal scoring drought with his first of the season in Ottawa. Now the Penguins need to hope that scoring touch becomes consistent. [The Hockey News]
Noel Acciari was brought in to add depth and serve as one of the major cogs in the Penguins penalty kill. His work on that unit this season has been a key to the Penguins success a man down. [Trib Live]
Numerous recalls this season have more misses than hits for the Penguins, but one that has certainly been a success story has been the emergence of Valtteri Puustinen. [Trib Live]
Penguins top prospect Brayden Yager recorded an assist in Canada’s World Juniors opener against Finalnd.
NHL News and Notes...
Action in the 2024 World Junior Championships got under way on Tuesday with both the United States and Canada skating to victory in their respective tournament openers. [NHL]