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Pens Points: Wrapping up 2023

Penguins prepare to wrap up 2023 as the final Pens Points of the year is here to get you ready for a busy weekend.

NHL: DEC 27 Penguins at Islanders Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Just two games remain for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2023 and they are a back-to-back set with the St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders this weekend at PPG Paints Arena. Coming off a 7-0 victory over the Islanders on Wednesday night, the Penguins are 5-1-1 in their last seven games and will look to close out the year on a high and keep their good streak of play going heading into the new year.

Pens Points...

There are few better ways to come off an extended break than the Penguins did on Wednesday night in their 7-0 destruction of the New York Islanders. [Pensburgh]

So much of what Kris Letang does has flown under the radar this season, but last night served as a reminder as to how great a season the defenseman is having for the Penguins. [The Hockey News]

While Letang deservedly garnered the spotlight after posting six assists against the Islanders, he was far from the only Penguins player to put up a big night on the Island. [The Hockey News]

One player lost in the fray of the offensive explosion was goaltender Tristan Jarry, whose keys saves at key times allowed the Penguins to cruise to a rout rather than a back-and-forth affair. [Trib Live]

A putrid dry spell saw Rickard Rakell go without a goal until two days before Christmas, but now he’s scored twice in two games. Neither of the goals have been pretty but anything works. [Trib Live]

Three Penguins prospects, including top overall prospect Brayden Yager, are representing their nations at the World Juniors and the team is keeping close tabs on their performances. [The Hockey News]

NHL News and Notes...

Tage Thompson was placed on the non-roster list by the Buffalo Sabres for personal reasons. Though no specific reason was given for the move, Thompson is expected back with the team. [ESPN]

Leading the Pacific division but still with many doubters, the Vancouver Canucks are ready to resume their season and continue to prove everyone wrong as they have done so far. [Sportsnet]