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Pens Points: West Side to East Side

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

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

With a quarter of the season gone, who are these Pittsburgh Penguins? [KDKA]

Let’s be frank: the Penguins’ bottom-six is still something of a work in progress. It’s a rather unremarkable group filled with defense-first forwards who aren’t known to tickle the twine. With that said, some of the team’s lower-line players have seen an uptick in offensive production. [Trib Live]

Most Penguins fans have seen by now that Tristan Jarry scored an incredibly rare goalie goal this past Thursday. Let’s put that into perspective. The goal Jarry scored was the first by a Penguins goaltender and only the 17th by a goalie in NHL history. He became just the 14th goaltender in league history to record a goal. Here’s a Trib Live deep dive. [Trib Live]

On Saturday morning, the Penguins recalled forward Joona Koppanen, a 6-foot-5 left-handed winger, from the AHL due to injuries to Noel Acciari and Matt Nieto. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

If you were alive to watch the NHL at its arguable peak throughout the 1980s, you no doubt witnessed some of the greatest players to ever lace a pair of skates. While goals and entertainment were aplenty, the league also faced something of an epidemic during the decade. Several NHLers from that period dealt with ongoing stomach woes. [The Hockey News]

The second of the 2023 Board of Governors meetings will be happening in downtown Seattle on Dec. 4-5. [NHL]

Connor McDavid was enshrined into Canada’s Walk of Fame as a member of the 2023 class on Saturday. [NHL]